Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw called up for Test series against England

Batsmen Suryakumar and Prithvi and all-rounder Jayant will be flying to England as replacements for three India players ruled out due to injury.

Prithvi Shaw found himself out of the Test team after his failures during the tour of Australia. He has one Test century to his name, scored against West Indies in his debut Test in 2018. - K R. DEEPAK

Suryakumar Yadav has received his maiden Test team call-up and he along with opener Prithvi Shaw will be flying to England as replacements sought by the team management after three players were ruled out due to injury.

The three players ruled out of the series are Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan. While Shubman suffered shin splints suffered during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, Avesh dislocated a thumb during the warm-up game against County XI, and Washington aggravated his finger injury.

Off-spinner Jayant Yadav was also supposed to go to UK as Washington's replacement but it has been learnt that as of now only Suryakumar and Prithvi are being sent.

A senior BCCI office-bearer confirmed the development.

"Yes, Prithvi and Surya are flying to UK from Sri Lanka. Jayant was also supposed to go but there has been some change in plans due to quarantine requirements. Jayant is now not going. Both players will have a bubble to bubble transfer from Colombo to London. Whether they will fly in the middle of the T20 Internationals (Shaw and and Suryakumar are part of team in Sri Lanka) or post that is being worked out," the senior official told PTI.

In-form Shaw

It is understood that Shaw's form has impressed the team management and Agarwal's current rhythm isn't the greatest. However, with quarantine rules in place, it is not clear if Suryakumar and Shaw can make it in time for the first Test after completing their hard quarantine.

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Jayant, an all-rounder, seems to have got the nod because of his expertise with the bat. He also will be a steady net bowler unless R. Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja suffer from any injury in a long series.

Suryakumar's assertive batting could be used during some point in the series as Ajinkya Rahane's hamstring injury will keep the team concerned.

"In any case, if Ajinkya misses the first Test, it will be K. L. Rahul who will bat in the middle order in Nottingham. The team management is still confident that Ajinkya might be all right before the Nottingham Test."

No fast bowler is being sent right now as there are already seven speedsters in the U.K. for the Tests and the net sessions.

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