India vs Australia: Selectors likely to retain squad that won vs Bangladesh

Indian selectors are going to meet in Mumbai on Tuesday to pick the squad for the four-Test series against Australia, starting in Pune on February 23

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2017 20:38 IST
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli with teammates after defeating Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad.(PTI)

For India’s four-Test series against Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selectors are likely to retain the same 16-member squad that figured in the 208-run victory over Bangladesh when they meet in Mumbai on Tuesday.

With there being no word on the availability or otherwise of Bengal speedster Mohammed Shami, who got injured during the five-Test rubber against England and subsequently lost his father, the four-member pace attack chosen for the Test against Bangladesh is expected to be retained.

Leggie Amit Mishra, chosen originally in the squad, got injured and made way for Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav who, thus, is also expected to be retained in the squad.

The first Test in the series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy commences at Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on February 23 to be followed by the next three games at Bengaluru (March 4-8), Ranchi (March 16-20) and Dharamshala (March 25-29).

The Australian squad, led by Steve Smith, arrived in Mumbai on Monday. They will play a three-day warm-up game against an India A squad led by Hardik Pandya at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium from February 17-19 before proceeding to Pune.

First Published: Feb 13, 2017 20:38 IST