India tour of England: Kuldeep, Pant get maiden Test call-up

India tour of England: Kuldeep, Pant get maiden Test call-up

India tour of England: Kuldeep, Pant get maiden Test call-up

After the T20I and the ODI series, India's ultimate test begins in the England tour with the Test series.

The 20-year-old Pant, who has played four T20 Internationals for India, is renowned for his swashbuckling batting and will be the second choice keeper behind Dinesh Karthik in the squad named on Wednesday.

The only surprises were of the bad sort, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar left out of the squad with an injury.

"Bhuvneshwar Kumar aggrevated a lower back condition in the 3 ODI against England. His condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon", the board said. The early assessment is not very optimistic according to sources.

Pant, who has earned his maiden Test call-up, struck a second successive half-century century to give the Indian team management a selection headache ahead of the first match.

And Rashid could easily argue that it has been his ability to focus exclusively on the limited-overs game that has helped him become the outstanding bowler in an England side that has won seven of nine 50-over matches this summer.

However, they could not hold onto their lead in the ODIs as they lost the second and third ODIs against the hosts to be defeated 1-2 in the three-match series. "Our squad is pretty settled".

"It's something we are trying really hard to replicate within the Test team", Root said.

Yorkshire have offered the Bradford-born Rashid a new contract, but it remains on the table and the talk in cricket is that he wants to join his friend Moeen at Worcestershire - on a white-ball contract only, of course. "I'm not sure whether Ed Smith's had a chat with him or not".

It wasn't all doom and gloom, however.

The India selectors met in Leeds to pick the squad, which also contains three spin bowlers. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur. India's two big match-winners at home, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, were retained.

The chief selector felt, however, that Pant had improved.

The 28-year-old said: "There's an overlap of players between the Test and the one-dayers so coming off the back of a series win is going to naturally boost your confidence". He was unbeaten on 37 in the ongoing match against England Lions at the time of the announcement of the squad.

The other three members of the Test squad - opener Murali Vijay, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair - are also part of the India A side playing in Worcester.

"Hopefully he goes out and keeps scoring the runs that he's scored in the last two games".

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