With the ODI series all set to be wrapped up on Tuesday with the third and the final one-dayer being played at Leeds, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) will turn their focus on selecting the squad for the Test series.
According to the reports, BCCI will first select the squad for the three Test matches of the five-match series due to some injury issues. Indian wicketkeeper is likely to miss the bus because of the thumb injury. There are question marks over Jasprit Bumrah’s place in the Test squad as well as he is injured as well.
According to reports, Dinesh Karthik will be replacing Wriddhiman Saha in the Test squad. Karthik is already in England with India’s ODI squad and will be well aware with the conditions. Saha had injured his thumb during the Indian Premier League while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad and since then he has not fully recovered from it.
He also missed Team India’s match against Afghanistan and Dinesh Karthik kept the wickets for India in that match as well.
A source told Cricketnext that players who are injured are recovering well and that’s one of the reasons of not selecting the squad for the five Test matches.
“See, this is not a three-game series. In such a case, you ideally pick the squad and then you proceed. But in a long five-match series, you don’t wish to pick the squad at one go. Some of the players who might be sore or have an injury and are progressing well will come into the picture as and when they are fit. Like Bumrah is certain to need time to be fit till the second Test,” he explained.
Asked if some surprises were planned, as suggested by skipper Virat Kohli after the win in the opening ODI, he said: “Some of the young names are sure to be discussed, but it is too early to say who will get the nod and who will not. But performances are bound to be taken into account when the wise men sit down.”