IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli & Co is leaving no stones unturned to prepare for the upcoming test series against England. The Official Twitter Handle of the BCCI shared the glimpse of India’s training session & captioned the post as, “Snapshots from #TeamIndia’s nets session here at the Durham County Cricket Club”.
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara & KL Rahul had great batting practice sessions while Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj & Mohammed Shami had a session with the ball.
Team India reached Durham on 14th July to play the three days practice match beginning from July 20. Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes will head the 14-man squad which comprises test debutant James Bracey & Nottinghamshire opener Haseeb Hameed who made his test debut against India in 2016.
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“The squad was selected after consulting with the first-class counties on player’s availability & to provide some of the high potential talents from across the county match with the opportunity to test themselves against the ICC WTC finalists”, said the ECB in an Official Statement.
The county players will be placed into a team environment & will undergo a COVID-19 test before being cleared to play the practice match. Team India will use Emirates Riverside as a home venue for their preparation for the five-match test series against England.
Meanwhile, India opener Shubman Gill has been ruled out for eight weeks after he suffered a shin injury after the WTC final in Southampton. Also, Rishabh Pant will probably miss the first test against England as he is currently in quarantine after being tested positive for COVID-19. India’s wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha is in isolation as he was identified as a close contact for the support staff member Dayananda who had tested positive for COVID-19.
Three days practice match will be played behind closed doors & will be a part of India’s warm-up schedule ahead of the five-match test series against England starting from August 4.