Mayank Agarwal’s fight to reclaim his place in the Indian Test Eleven begins on Tuesday when he steps out to open a three-day match against ‘County Select XI’, starting in Durham tomorrow as his best friend KL Rahul prepares for keep the counters in Rishabh Pant’s absence. The match was awarded First Class status, a first for India in many years since Mahendra Singh Dhoni took over as captain. Jharkhand’s dasher believed that an “official match” was preventing all players from getting playing time. However, team management wanted a proper first-class game to get into the rhythm before the series started. Test next month.
According to BCCI sources, Pant, who had tested positive for COVID-19, completed his stipulated 10-day isolation with an acquaintance in London and “is recovering well”, but he has yet to join the bubble. the team in Durham.
“Even if Pant had arrived in time for the training match, he would have had enough rest to regain his peak physical shape. He was asymptomatic but would need to train well before the first test at Nottingham,” said a senior. A BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“Either way, Pant and Wriddhiman, who is isolated as a precaution, will be available for the first test.”
As reported earlier, KL Rahul, who has been doing some posture drills, will put on the heavy gloves for the match. However, it will be Mayank whose form will be closely watched by team management as he is likely to team up with Rohit Sharma in the first test after Shubman Gill was left out of the series with shin splints.
Mayank was not at his best in Australia and lost his place to Rohit, who missed the first two Tests Down Under due to quarantine rules after a hamstring injury.
While Rahul has also scored the bulk of his 2,000 points opening the innings, it is understood that he is considered a middle-order batsman and can be used later in the series in case one of the hitters seniors would not come back in shape. .
Against a predominantly young team with only James Bracey currently being England international, India may well try both Rahul and Mayank if they secure a second round.
As the match is a three-day affair, the odds are not high. In the bowling department Mohammed Siraj will like to give a good account of himself and Jasprit Bumrah would not be afraid to have a few wickets under his belt just like Ravichandran Ashwin did last week for Surrey.
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