Ravichandran Ashwin has not travelled to the United Kingdom with the Indian Test squad for the rescheduled fifth Test against England after testing positive for COVID-19.

Ashwin is currently in quarantine and will join the team after clearing all protocols. "Ashwin hasn't travelled with the squad to UK as he has tested positive for Covid 19 before departure," a BCCI source told  PTI. 

"But we are hopeful that he will recover well in time before the Test match starts on July 1. However he might miss the practice game against Leicestershire."

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Ashwin was not part of the limited-overs squad for the South Africa T20s at home. Instead, the seasoned off-spinner had turned up for his club Mylapore Recreation Club MRC ‘A in the TNCA first division league, where he led it to its maiden title in Chennai.

The rest of the squad is already in Leicester and training under the supervision of bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and batting coach Vikram Rathour.

Head coach Rahul Dravid, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer reached London after finishing the T20I series against South Africa and will travel to Leicester on Tuesday.

The Ireland-bound squad under VVS Laxman will leave for Dublin on June 23 or 24 as the team members have been given a three-day rest. India is set to play two T20Is against Ireland in Dublin on June 26 and 28.

The Test team led by Rohit Sharma will then take on England in Birmingham, with India currently leading 2-1. After the Edgbaston Test, India and England will play three ODIs and three T20Is.

With inputs from PTI