Shami, Rohit Not Picked For First 2 Tests Against Australia


Mumbai: MSK Prasad-led selection panel on Tuesday retained the same Indian team that beat Bangladesh for the upcoming Test series against Australia at home.

The 16-member squad has been selected for the first two Tests. The Panel decided against picking batsman Rohit Sharma and pacer Mohammad Shami. Both the players have recently returned from injuries.

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Leg-spinner Amit Mishra’s injury-forced omission was the lone change.
Mishra had to sit out of the Bangladesh Test owing to a knee injury, which had prompted selectors to bring in Kuldeep Yadav as cover. With Mishra still not fit, the selection committee, headed by MSK Parasad, retained Yadav in the 16-member squad India and Australia are scheduled to play a four-match Test series, with the first Test beginning on February 23 in Pune.

India squad:
Virat Kohli (Captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, W Saha (wk), R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund and Hardik Pandya.