Mayank Agarwal set to join India for England test

Initially not included in the team, Mayank Agarwal has got entry after KL Rahul’s injury and questions over Rohit Sharma’s availability because of Covid-19.

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Mayank Agarwal, opener, has been called up to the Indian team in the UK to fill in for skipper Rohit Sharma, who is questionable for the Edgbaston Test against England after testing positive for COVID-19.

Agarwal was initially excluded from India’s team for the Edgbaston Test when it was announced in May. Agarwal is now his route to Birmingham to join the Test squad owing to KL Rahul‘s right groyne injury, which prevented him from playing in the home T20I series against South Africa in June, and Rohit Sharma’s uncertain availability due to a positive Covid-19 test.

On Day 3 of the practise match between the Asian powers and county side Leicestershire, the seasoned opener and India’s all-format skipper contracted novel coronavirus. Days before the 5th Test match between India and hosts England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stated in a media statement that the senior batter tested positive for COVID-19 in a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Saturday.

In his 21 Test appearances to far, Agarwal has scored 1488 runs at an average of 41.33. Agarwal last played a Test match for India in March, during the two-match home series against Sri Lanka in Mohali and Bengaluru. He could manage to score just 59 runs at an average of 19.66.

He played in IPL 2022 as the captain of Punjab Kings. While Punjab finished sixth in the points standings, Agarwal had a forgettable season with the bat, accumulating just 196 runs in 12 innings at an average of 16.33 and a strike rate of 122.5.

After a Covid-19 outbreak in the England visitors’ camp, the fifth and final Test in Manchester was moved to Edgbaston this year. India is now leading the Test series 2-1. From July 7 to July 17, India will play three ODIs and three T20Is.

 

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