Indian team for Test against Afghanistan & ODI series against England announced


The Kohli-led India will then start their full tour of England with a three-match T20 series, starting July 3.

During the 2014 tour, he managed just 134 runs from five Tests at an woeful average of 13.40 without crossing the 50-mark even once in the series. The matches will be held in Dublin on June 27th and 29th. He is very keen to do extremely well in english condition. The best batsman in the side giving himself the best chance to succeed in England, or playing in one Test against Afghanistan? A few notable selections have been made for the fixtures with Rahane, who is captaining the Test squad being dropped from the shorter format. Kohli will also miss the two T20Is against Ireland and Rohit Sharma will lead the side in those two games as the regular captain will continue playing county cricket for Surrey until June end.

However, Clarke also added that playing county cricket shows the 29-year-old's passion to win and sends across a clear message to one and all that India will leave no stones unturned in trying to win in England.

Wriddhiman Shaha has been picked only for the Test against Afghanistan. Pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested as they are expected to shoulder the workload during the limited overs leg in United Kingdom before the big-ticket Test series in August.

The pace department will be in the safe hands of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav in the absence of Bhuvi and Bumrah. The back-up pacer in the squad is Shardul Thakur. This is Afghanistan's debut in Test cricket after ICC handed full membership to Afghanistan and Ireland previous year which allowed them to play Test cricket.

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In the limited overs version, Kaul, who has been a stupendous performer at the domestic level, got the nod. When some of the top players were rested for the T20I home series against Sri Lanka last December and during the Nidahas Trophy in March this year, Rohit was entrusted with leading the side. The selectors didn't experiment with any of the limited overs squad, with senior batsman Rayudu making a comeback in the wake of some good performances.

There was no place for Rahane or Manish Pandey in India's ODI team for England while K.L. Rahul was recalled (in this format).

Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur, who has yet to make his Test debut, are the all-rounders in the squad.

India ODI squad against England: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.