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Rohit being monitored by medical team, not yet ruled out of Edgbaston Test: Dravid

WIth the uncertainty revolving around India skipper Rohit Sharma, who had tested positive for Covid-19, head coach Rahul Dravid has now said that the right-hander hasn’t been ruled out of the Edgbaston Test against England, beginning on July 1, as he is being monitored by the BCCI medical team.

According to Dravid, the Indian team management will take a final decision after examining two more test reports of the India captain.

Rohit, 35, had returned positive on the second day of the warm-up match in Leicester last week and is currently serving the five-day isolation as recommended by the UK government.

“Rohit is being monitored by our medical team, he has not yet been ruled out. Obviously, he needs to get the negative test to be available. So we will keep monitoring that, we’ve still got close to 36 hours to go. He will have a test later tonight and maybe one tomorrow morning as well. And then we’ll see,” Dravid said in a virtual press conference.

“Obviously, he’ll have to come out of that, and it’s really up to the medical team and sports science team to decide on that. We haven’t had a chance to see him, since he is in isolation. But we will keep monitoring the situation,” he added.

Dravid further said that the clarity on Rohit’s health will only come from the chief selector Chetan Sharma and they will finalise the playing XI for the rescheduled Test after accessing the whole situation.

“It’s probably better that the communication comes officially from official sources (selectors).Once we have exact clarity on Rohit, you’ll hear something from the official sources. It’s not for me to give out official communication,” he said.

Moreover, with uncertainty over Rohit, reports suggested that Jasprit Bumrah will take up the role of the skipper in the one-off Test.

Notably, the Indian team management didn’t nominate a vice-captain after KL Rahul, who was named Rohit’s deputy when the squad was picked in May, was ruled out having picked a groin injury earlier this month.

Bumrah was the vice-captain during India’s previous Test series, against Sri Lanka at home. The pacer incidentally has never led in any form of cricket, so this will be his maiden captaincy stint. He will also become the first fast bowler to captain India since Kapil Dev.

If the 28-year-old Bumrah walks out for the toss on Friday, he will be the eighth man to lead India since 2021.

Talking on the issue, Dravid further said: “It is what it is. When I took the job I wouldn’t have predicted that there would be so many captains in the last six-seven months. That happens, right? In the times that we are living in, with Covid, there have been some unfortunate injuries to people. Even here, it is quite unfortunate what has happened to Rahul and Rohit in the last three weeks for us. And sometimes we’ve had to balance out the workloads of people. So it happens.”

“Of course, it is not something you envisage when you first start off, but if a situation arises then you react to that, you deal with that. And in spite of the number of captains we have had, we have played very good cricket over the last six to eight months. Yes, obviously the South Africa Test series was probably the one I would have liked to have won after going one-up. But even there I thought we were not outplayed, we were very close in a lot of those games. We had a few unfortunate injuries and some of our main players were probably not available for that Test series,” he added.

Dravid further hoped that the team might not have to deal with these situations in future and even if something happens, they would have the necessary plans in place.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that we don’t have to deal with these situations, but they seem to come up and we have to react. We are not fazed by it. We are clear about our communication with people. We know what is going to happen over the next few days. If something happens, we have got contingency plans and, within our group, within our team, we know what’s happening. That’s really important for us,” said Dravid.

Mayank Agarwal added to India Test squad for Edgbaston Test

After opener and skipper Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid-19 in England, Team India have called up opener Mayank Agarwal for the one-off Test match against England in Edgbaston, starting on July 1.

Rohit is currently in isolation after having tested positive and the team management have made no announcement on the captaincy change. As per reports, the management will only take a call on the issue when the game approaches.

In an update on Sunday morning, BCCI tweeted, “#TeamIndia Captain Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team.”

The team is already missing the services of regular Test opener KL Rahul, who is nursing an injury. If Rohit is unable to partner Shubman Gill during the reshceduled Test, Mayank will then be drafted in the playing XI.

Notbaly, Mayank Agarwal had last played a Test against Sri Lanka.

The match in Edgbaston is the fifth and final Test of the series which commenced last year however, it was forced to be postponed following a Covid outbreak in the India camp.

Notably in 2021, the Indian team had declined to play the fifth and final Test of the series follwoing a Covid-19 scare in their dressing room. The then head coach Ravi Shastri and team physiotherapist too had got infected and as a result, the touring party didn’t wanted to play the game.

Later, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had said that it was a joint decision with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to cancel the fifth Test.

India currently lead the five-match series 2-1.

Rohit Sharma tests positive for Covid-19

In a massive setback for Team India, opener and skipper Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid-19 in Leicester, England.

On early Sunday morning, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Rohit had tested positive via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Saturday and he is currently in isolation at the team hotel ahead of the one-off rescheduled Test against hosts England, scheduled to begin on July 1.

Notably, Rohit was featuring in India’s warm-up match against Leicestershire XI at Uptonsteel County Ground and the 35-year-old scored 25 runs in the opening innings of the match on Thursday. He however, did not feature during India’s second innings on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the BCCI also said that the India skipper will undergo further tests on Sunday to determine the extent of his ailment.

In an update on Sunday morning, BCCI tweeted, “#TeamIndia Captain Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team.”

The match in Edgbaston is the fifth and final Test of the series which commenced last year however, it was forced to be postponed following a Covid outbreak in the India camp.

Notably in 2021, the Indian team had declined to play the fifth and final Test of the series follwoing a Covid-19 scare in their dressing room. The then head coach Ravi Shastri and team physiotherapist too had got infected and as a result, the touring party didn’t wanted to play the game.

Later, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had said that it was a joint decision with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to cancel the fifth Test.

India currently lead the five-match series 2-1.

R Ashwin joins Team India in England ahead of Edgbaston Test

Veteran India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who had missed the flight to England after testing positive for Covid-19, on Thursday joined India’s Test team in Leicestershire ahead of the much-anticipated rescheduled 5th Test against England, scheduled to be held in Edgbaston from July 1.

Although there hasn’t been any formal announcement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about Ashwin’s arrival in England, the pictures shared by the board’s official Twitter handle ahead of the first day of the team’s warm-up against Leicestershire confirmed the development.

In the picture shared by the board, the veteran spinner was seen in the team huddle at Leicestershire County Club Ground.

Team India led by Rohit Sharma is currently playing their four-day practice match against Leicestershire. The warm-up game is the only practise match for the touring party before the one-off Edgbaston Test against hosts England, which was originally postponed last year due to a Covid outbreak in the Indian camp.

Earlier, Jayant Yadav was kept as a standby if Ashwin had failed to recover in time and the Haryana spinner was called to the NCA in Bangalore. However, that option was later ruled out as Ashwin had recovered fully from the deadly virus.

Notably in 2021, the Indian team had declined to play the fifth and final Test of the series follwoing a Covid-19 scare in their dressing room. The then head coach Ravi Shastri and team physiotherapist too had got infected and as a result, the touring party didn’t wanted to play the game.

Later, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had said that it was a joint decision with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to cancel the fifth Test.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have jointly decided to call off the 5th Test Match scheduled at Manchester in ongoing India’s tour of England 2021. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test Match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match. In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match,” the BCCI statement had said.

Pant, Pujara, Bumrah & Prasidh Krishna to play for Leicestershire against Team India

Team India, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, is all set to take on hosts England in the one-off Test match at Edgbaston, Birmingham on July 1 however, ahead of that, the touring party will lock horns with Leicestershire in a four-day warm-up match beginning on Thursday.

The warm-up game against Leicestershire will be an opportunity for the visitors to acclimatize themselves in the new condition after a long time for the crucial Test as it is the series decider of the five-Test series, which was delayed last year due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.

Notably, India is leading the series 2-1.

Meanwhile, star India players like Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna will turn up for rival Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC) and will play under county captain Sam Evans in the warm-up game against India.

Issuing a statement, the England club said: “India superstars Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna will all team up with the Leicestershire squad, captained by opening batsman Sam Evans.”

“LCCC, BCCI and the ECB have all agreed to allow the four players from the visiting camp to be part of the Running Foxes side, in order to allow all members of the travelling party to participate in the fixture (subject to fitness). The match will be played with 13 players per side to provide further flexibility and help manage bowling workloads,” it added.

“India arrived in Leicestershire on Sunday, before they undertook their first training and net session at Uptonsteel County Ground on Monday morning,” the England cub statement further said adding: “The world’s second-best Test ranked side have trained for three days ahead of tomorrow’s four-day fixture against the Running Foxes, which proceeds the rescheduled Fifth Test against England at Edgbaston at the start of July.”

SQUAD

India: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav.

Leicestershire CCC: Sam Evans (Capt), Rehan Ahmed, Sam Bates (wk), Nat Bowley, Will Davis, Joey Evison, Louis Kimber, Abi Sakande, Roman Walker, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna.

Ashwin recovers from Covid-19; set to join Team India soon: Report

Veteran India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who missed the flight to United Kingdom with the India Test squad last week, will reach England in the next couple of days. a report in Cricbuzz has claimed.

As per the report, Ashwin, 35, is likely to join the squad in Leicester before the four-day warm-up game, beginning on June 24.

The reports said that the veteran spinner will fly to England soon as all arrangements are being made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“Sources within the BCCI and team management in the UK have confirmed to Cricbuzz that the travel arrangements are being made for the veteran cricketer and he should be with the rest of his teammates soon,” the report stated.

“It is learned that Jayant Yadav was kept as a standby should Ashwin fail to recover in time. The Haryana spinner was called to the NCA in Bangalore. However, that option has been ruled out as Ashwin has recovered fully and is expected to fly out in the next 24 hours, most probably on Wednesday (June 24),” it added.

Earlier in 2021, the Indian team had declined to play the fifth and final Test of the series follwoing a Covid-19 scare in their dressing room. The then head coach Ravi Shastri and team physiotherapist too had got infected and as a result, the touring party didn’t wanted to play the game.

Later, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had said that it was a joint decision with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to cancel the fifth Test.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have jointly decided to call off the 5th Test Match scheduled at Manchester in ongoing India’s tour of England 2021. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test Match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match. In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match,” the BCCI statement had said.

Notably, India is scheduled to play hosts England in a Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham, starting on July 1. The match is the decider of the five-Test series that started last summer.

Meanwhile, head coach Rahul Dravid, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, who were part of the just-concluded T20I series against South Africa, have already joined the squad in Leicester.

The trio had taken a flight to the UK immediately after the fifth and final T20I ended on Sunday (June 19).

Ashwin tests positive for Covid-19; Misses flight to England: Report

Veteran India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has not travelled to the United Kingdom along with his teammates for the one-off ‘fifth Test’ after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19.

As per reports, the 35-year-old is currently in home quarantine in Chennai and will only join the squad after meeting all protocol requirements.

Earlier, the Indian team had left for UK on June 16 for the one-off ‘fifth Test’ against hosts England.

Even if Ashwin recovers in time for the Test match, slated to begin on July 1 at Edgbaston, Birmingham, he will surely miss a practice match against Leicestershire.

Earlier in 2021, the Indian team had declined to play the fifth and final Test of the series follwoing a Covid-19 scare in their dressing room. The then head coach Ravi Shastri and team physiotherapist too had got infected and as a result, the touring party didn’t wanted to play the game.

Later, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had said that it was a joint decision with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to cancel the fifth Test.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have jointly decided to call off the 5th Test Match scheduled at Manchester in ongoing India’s tour of England 2021. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test Match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match. In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match,” the BCCI statement had said.

Meanwhile, the other members of the squad has already reached Leicester and have also kicked-off their training under supervision of bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and batting coach Vikram Rathour.

On the other hand, head coach Rahul Dravid, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer have also reached London after completing their T20I assignment against South Africa. They are likley to travel to Leicester on Tuesday (June 21).

The Ireland-bound India squad, led by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, under VVS Laxman will leave for Dublin on either June 23 or 24 .

The one-off Test will be followed by a three-match T20I series between the two sides, beginnnig on July 7. The T20I series will then be followed by a three-match ODI series, beginning on July 12.

New Zealand’s Devon Conway tests positive for Covid-19

New Zealand’s left-handed batter Devon Conway has now became the latest member in the touring party to test positive for Covid-19.

A statement from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said that the batter undertook a PCR test on the team’s arrival in London on Wednesday evening in preparation for team activity and after testing positive for the virus.

Following the development, Conway now be in five-day isolation.

Conway now joins all-rounder Michael Bracewell and support staff personnel Vijay Vallabh (physio) and Chris Donaldson (strength & conditioning expert) as members of the touring party to have tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.

The three will travel separately from the team to Leeds on Sunday and provided they recover as expected, will be able to join the team for training at Headingley on Tuesday, ahead of the third and final Test of the series starting from Thursday.

“The rest of the touring party has returned negative results and will continue following the tour health protocols of symptom reporting and subsequent testing if required. No replacement players are being sought at this stage,” said NZC.

Conway made scores of 46 and 52 batting at number three in the second Test at Trent Bridge, after the regular captain, Kane Williamson tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the match. He had scores of 3 and 13 in the first Test at ‘he Lord’s.

New Zealand had earlier called pace bowler Blair Tickner and wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver into their Test squad after pace all-rounder Kyle Jamieson (lower back stress reaction) and backup wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher (grade-two right hamstring strain) was ruled out of the rest of the tour at Nottingham.

After losing Tests at the Lord’s and Trent Bridge by an identical margin of five wickets, New Zealand, the reigning winners of the World Test Championship (WTC), have lost the series to England. The visitors will now aim for some points in terms of WTC tally in the last match of their tour at Leeds and avoid a clean sweep to sign off from England on a high.

Aiden Markram ruled out of last two T20Is vs India, announces CSA

South Africa batter Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the last two T20Is against India, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Wednesday (June 15).

Earlier, Markram was ruled out of the opening game of the series at the Arun Jaitely stadium in New Delhi on June 9 after testing positive for Covid-19. The 27-year-old then didn’t return for the next two games as well.

Issuing a statement, the CSA said: “Proteas batsman, Aiden Markram, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Proteas’ tour to India. He spent seven days in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 last week and will not be able to complete his return to play programme in time to take part in the remainder of the T20 series, which is poised at 2-1 to South Africa.”

“The player is healthy and well and has been cleared to return home to also look after his mental and emotional wellbeing after isolation in a local facility as required when an individual tests positive on tour. Wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, has made a marked improvement in his recovery from a wrist injury. The Proteas’ medical staff will continue to assess his progress and make a decision on his availability for Match Four in due course,” it added.

On the other hand, the touring party is also monitoring wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock’s progress as he continues his recovery from a wrist injury. Earlier, de Kock didn’t featured in the last two games of the five-match rubber due to the injury and was replaced in the Playing XI by Heinrich Klaasen.

After losing the first two affairs by seven and four wickets respectively, hosts India made a comeback in the third match at Visakhapatnam as they won the issue by 48 runs to keep the series alive.

The two sides will next face each other in the fourth match of the series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot on June 17.

The fifth and final match of the series will be held at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on June 19.

Kiwi all-rounder Michael Bracewell tests positive for Covid-19

New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell has tested positive for Covid-19, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced at their official website on Wednesday.

“Bracewell undertook a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) after waking up with symptoms. He will require five days of isolation before rejoining the group ahead of the final Test at Headingley in Leeds starting Thursday June 23,” said NZC.

“The rest of the touring party will be tested today and will continue following the tour health protocols of symptom reporting and subsequent testing if required. No replacement player is being sought at this stage,” the NZC statement added.

Notably, Bracewell had made his debut in the longest format of the game against hosts England in the second Test of the ongoing three-match series at Trent Bridge. He scored 49 and 25 in the two innings and returned with figures of 3/62 and 0/60.

The all-rounder, who had made his debut in international cricket this year in the ODI series against the Netherlands at home, became the second member of the Kiwi touring party to test positive for Covid-19 in the series.

Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was forced to miss the second Test at Trent Bridge Test after contracting the virus on the eve of the match.

Prior to New Zealand’s tour match against Sussex in Brighton before the start of the Test series, batter Henry Nicholls, pacer Blair Tickner and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen had tested positive for Covid-19.

The third and final Test of the series, where hosts England have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead, will begin at Headingley from June 23.