IND vs ENG: Kohli, Ishant, Hardik return to Test squad as Natarajan, Shaw miss out


India registered a historic victory at the Gabba in the fourth Test against Australia, sealing the Test series 2-1 and retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Just hours after the memorable victory, the Indian selection committee led by Chetan Sharma announced the Indian squad for the first two of the four-match Test series against England at home.

Virat Kohli, who missed the last three Tests against Australia after he was granted a paternity leave, has returned to the squad and will lead the hosts once again. Ishant Sharma who was not deemed to be fully fit for the Australian tour, also returns to the squad along with all-rounder, Hardik Pandya.

Prithvi Shaw, who had a tough time in his only Test against Australia has been dropped from the squad. The young batsman has had a string of poor performances against New Zealand and Australia. Shubman Gill, who scored a vital 91 on Day five of the Gabba Test has retained his place in the squad.

India squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur.

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Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Mohammed Shami are all unavailable due to injuries. T.Natarajan has not been picked in the squad after he made an unexpected Test debut in Brisbane against Australia. Jasprit Bumrah has been picked in the squad and will lead the attack alongside the likes of Ishant, Siraj and Thakur.

Uncapped Gujarat allrounder, Axar Patel has been picked in the squad as Ravindra Jadeja continues his recovery. India have also picked several net bowlers and standby players for the series.

Net Bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar

Standby players: K S Bharat, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Priyank Panchal