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Mohammed Shami returns to India’s squad for first three Tests against England

Mohammed Shami, who missed the one-off Test against Afghanistan last month after failing a fitness test, is back in India’s 18-member squad for the first three Tests against England.

cricket Updated: Jul 18, 2018 15:51 IST
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Mohammed Shami,Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Rishabh Pant
India’s Mohammed Shami has taken 110 wickets in 30 Tests. (Reuters )

Mohammed Shami has been recalled into India’s squad for the first three Tests against England, starting August 1. (ENGLAND vs INDIA FULL COVERAGE)

Shami, who missed the one-off Test against Afghanistan last month after failing a fitness test, is back in the 18-member squad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who aggravated a lower back injury in the third ODI against England, hasn’t been named. According to the media release, his condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion will be made soon.

With Wriddhiman Saha ruled out due to a thumb fracture, Rishabh Pant has been named as the back-up wicketkeeper for Dinesh Karthik.

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Jasprit Bumrah, who was unfit for the ODI series that India lost 2-1, will be available for selection from the second Test onwards.

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been picked after impressing in recent limited-overs matches.

The 23-year-old Kuldeep took five wickets in the opening Twenty20 international against England and then returned superb figures of six for 25 -- the best by any spinner against England in a one-day international.

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Kuldeep has made just two career Test appearances to date, the last against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in August 2017.

India have tended to deploy the experienced pair of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm orthodox Ravindra Jadeja as their specialist slow bowlers in recent Test matches.

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But Kuldeep, speaking after his one-day haul at Trent Bridge -- the venue for the third Test -- said: “Talking about Test cricket, I am hoping for the call and let’s see what happens in a couple of days when they announce the Test team.”

The first Test is at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Before this, India will play a four-day practice game against Essex at Chelmsford from July 25-28.

India’s squad for first three Tests against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.

First Published: Jul 18, 2018 15:07 IST