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Rishabh Pant, Shami included in squad for England Tests

By Team Pardaphash 
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Explosive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been included as the second choice stumper in the 18-member squad for the first three Tests of the five-match rubber against England by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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While pacer Mohammed Shami has been recalled for the Test series, Pant was rewarded with the Test call-up following a successful run with the willow in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Middle-order batsman Karun Nair has also been re-called to the squad while Rohit Sharma failed to make it. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is recuperating from a thumb injury, has been included in the squad, but will be available for selection from the second Test onwards based on his fitness, a BCCI statement confirmed.

Meanwhile, fellow paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar has his back injury after featuring in the third One-day International (ODI) against England on Tuesday and was left out of the first three Tests.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar aggrevated a lower back condition in the third ODI against England. His condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon,” the board said.

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

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