No changes in Ind Squad for Aus Test Series for first two Tests

Ind Squad for Aus Test Series : Team India selectors, on Tuesday named the same 16-member squad, which featured in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, for the first two Tests against Australia.

There was a likelihood of pace bowler Mohammed Shami being picked having possibly recovered from knee injury in the India Squad for Australia Test Series. But, he wasn’t selected for the India vs Australia Test Series 2017.

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Rohit Sharma, who has been nursing a thigh injury he picked up in October during the New Zealand ODI series, also doesn’t find a place in the Ind Squad for Aus Test Series. Karun Nair has been retained, while Abhinav Mukund, also keeps his place as the reserve opener.

Ind Squad for Aus Test Series 2017

Ind Squad for Aus Test Series 2017. Photo courtesy of BCCI.

As the for bowling, chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has been retained in the India Squad for Australia Test Series as fourth spinner after Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Off-spinner Jayant Yadav, who had a wonderful series against England is in the Indian team for Australia 2017 as the third spinner.

Meanwhile, Amit Mishra, who missed the Bangladesh Test due to injury, has been kept out. India will go into the India vs Australia Test Series 2017 as favourites, having not lost a Test match since August 2015 in Sri Lanka. The team has been unconquered in 19 successive Tests.

On the other hand, Australia have not won a single Test in Asia since August 2011, when they defeated Sri Lanka. Since then, the Aussies have lost 4-0 to India in 2013, 2-0 to Pakistan in the UAE in 2014 and 3-0 to Sri Lanka last in 2016. The India vs Australia Test Series 2017 will have four Test that will be held in Pune (February 23-27), Bangalore (March 4-8), Ranchi (March 16-20) and Dharamsala (March 25-29).

A two-day practice game between Australia and India A will be held at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium starting the Australia Tour of India 2017 from February 16.

Ind Squad for Aus Test Series 2017

Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket Keeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

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