ENG vs IND 5th Test: Ravichandran Ashwin joins the Indian contingent at Leicester


Ravichandran Ashwin joins the Indian contingent at Leicester

ENG vs IND 5th Test: In a major breakthrough for India, star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has joined the Indian camp ahead of the final Test against England at Leicester. Ashwin was recently tested positive for Covid-19 and has successfully recovered from the deadly disease.

Ashwin joined the Indian contingent on Wednesday, although his availability for the upcoming four-day practice game remains uncertain. India will take on Leicester in a four-day practice match at Leicestershire on Thursday.

Ashwin failed to depart with the Indian squad last week after he tested positive in a mandatory test. He joined the Indian team but was not included in the 13-member A side practice game against Leicester.

Ashwin’s arrival will boost the confidence of the Indian camp who are aiming to seal the series with another victory. With paramount experience in English conditions, including for two club teams in County cricket, Ashwin’s experience will truly benefit India.

Ashwin was part of the Indian team for the four Tests of the Pataudi Trophy but failed to make it in the XI as the team management preferred all-rounder Jadeja over him. Ashwin stands second in the list of ICC Test Bowlers rankings and third in the all-rounders’ rankings.

However, Ashwin’s contention to play the final Test will remain doubtful as he will feature only if the conditions support two spinners. Ashwin had a brilliant county career for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire where he picked 61 wickets with an average of 23.32 and scored 553 runs at an average of 37.

India will face England in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston starting on July 1. India currently leads the series by 2-1 and will aim to capture the rescheduled Test.

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