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India squad for WTC final, England Tests: Jadeja returns; Bhuvneshwar, Hardik miss out

India will play against New Zealand to decide the first winner of the World Test Championship from June 18, before playing a 5-Test series against England.

Team India will play against New Zealand in the inaugural WTC final. (File Photo/BCCI)

The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Friday named a 20-man Indian squad for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and the five-match Test series against England.

India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).

Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla

KL Rahul, who had a recent appendicitis surgery, and Wriddhiman Saha, who tested positive for Covid-19, have both been named in the 20-man squad, both subject to clearing their fitness tests.

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Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Hanuma Vihari are returning to the Test team after injury.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Prithvi Shaw are among those who continue to miss out on the Test squad. Among bowlers, Navdeep Saini and Kuldeep Yadav are two notable absentees from the squad.

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Among standby players, Arzan Nagwaswalla, a bowler from Gujarat, has been named for the first time.

Team India’s first stop will be in Southampton where they play New Zealand to decide the first champion of the Test format. Following their 3-1 win against England at home, India finished as the No. 1 side with 72.2 percentage points and booked their place in the final.

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