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India squad for South Africa Test series announced

India squad for South Africa Test series announced

With the conditions in South Africa favoured to assist pacers, the selectors have chose to retain prime spin duo R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, leaving out Kuldeep Yadav. All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was part of the squad for the second and third Tests against Sri Lanka, has also been excluded. India will play three T20Is - on 20, 22 and 24 December at Cuttack, Indore and Visakhapatnam respectively - before flying off to South Africa for the daunting assignment.

Bumrah's selection brings to five the number of fast bowlers India will send to a series that is likely to be played on pitches with considerable pace and bounce. Selectors have included uncapped past bowler Jasprit Bumrah and back-up wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel in the squad.

The Indian board also announced the squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka. He has impressed in the longer format at the domestic level, having picked 89 wickets in 26 first-class games. Bumrah starred in Gujarat's win with a Man of the Match-winning haul of 6-for-29. Ajinkya Rahane has been named as vice-captain.

The other quicks are Ishant Sharma‚ Umesh Yadav‚ Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.




The three Tests will be played at Newlands, Cape Town (Jauary 5 to 9), Centurion (January 13-17) and The Wanderers, Johannesburg (January 24-28).

India Test squad against SA: Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Parthiv Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Burmah, Hardik Pandya.

Virat Kohli, who was earlier rested for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, starting Sunday, has also been rested for the three-match T20I series to be followed.


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