Pant earns maiden call-up to Indian Test team..

Paola Ditto
Luglio 19, 2018

Wriddhiman Saha, who is recovering from the thumb injury he suffered during IPL 2018, has been dropped from the team.

"Bumrah, who has been included in the squad, will be available for selection from the second Test onwards based on his fitness", the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement. The selectors have as expected named Dinesh Karthik, who kept wicket against Afghanistan after Parthiv Patel took over from an unfit Saha in South Africa, with Rishabh Pant getting a maiden call-up to the Test squad as second keeper.

Bumrah's fitness too will be assessed before the second Test, which leaves the India pace pack unsettled.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar aggravated a lower back injury during the third ODI against England and his inclusion depends on his recovery.

He averages 54.16 in 22 First-Class games with a triple century and India's fastest hundred at that level to his name.

Adjusting to the English conditions won't be an issue for Pant as he has already been there with the A team in England for a month.

The Indian Test squad for their upcoming five-match Test series against England has recently been announced.

The hard-hitting left-hander, who has played four T20 Internationals, is now playing the one-off unofficial Test against England Lions at Worcester.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was included alongside frontline slow bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja after a strong showing in the limited-overs matches against England, a series the hosts won 2-1.

That makes it vital that Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma hit the ground running at Edgbaston with rookie Shardul Thakur the other pacer in the squad.

There were no surprises in the batting department of the side to be led by Virat Kohli, who skipped the Afghanistan Test but a neck injury scuppered plans for a stint with Surrey.

Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul were the three opening batsmen in the squad, though the latter came in at No. 3 against Afghanistan, pushing Cheteshwar Pujara down a spot in the absence of a rested Kohli.

However, he has been in fine form on the United Kingdom tour so far and scored consecutive hundreds in the series-deciding T20 against England and the following ODI series opener.

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