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England in India: The hosts select four players but Mohammed Shami remains out of the list

England in India: The hosts select four players but Mohammed Shami remains out of the list

Shami took 24 wickets in seven matches at an average of 10.70 in the 2023 World Cup in India
Dates: January 25 – March 11
the places: Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, Ranchi and Dharamsala
coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app

Seamer Mohammed Shami was not included in India's squad to play the first two Tests against England as he recovers from an ankle injury.

In his absence, India picked four spinners – Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav.

Uncapped duo Avesh Khan and Dhruv Gurel are also in the 16-man squad.

Seamer Avesh has played eight one-day internationals and 19 T20s for India while Dhurel has not played in all formats.

He will compete for the gloves with KL Rahul, who retained India's recently drawn series against South Africa, and KS Bharat.

India have not lost a home Test series since England's win in 2012.

England have selected the off-spinning duo of Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley, as well as fast bowler Jos Atkinson In their band.

The first of the five Tests begins on January 25 in Hyderabad.

The second Test begins on February 2 in Visakhapatnam before matches in Rajkot, Ranchi and Dharamsala.

India's lineup for the first two Tests: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Dhruv Gurriel (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Lamp. , Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (vice captain), Avish Khan.

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