India rest key quick bowlers for Windies series
India named a 15-strong squad for the visit of the West Indies, choosing to omit several first-choice seamers through rotation and an injury.
Frontline pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have both been rested after taking part in the Asia Cup. .
Kumar had completely missed the Test series against England through injury, while Bumrah was one of the few players to play both against England and in the Asia Cup though he did not play in the first two Tests.
Seam-bowling allrounder Hardik Pandya was stretchered off the in the first of two games between India and Pakistan in the UAE.
Ishant Sharma is reported to have failed a fitness test ahead of the squad selection. A BCCI official confirmed that Pandya “has an acute lower back injury”.
Teenager Prithvi Shaw could be in line to make his Test debut. Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been excluded from the group after he struggled for runs in England.
Shaw captained his country to Under 19 Cricket World Cup glory earlier this year. Though he has played just 14 first-class games he averages 56.72 in his career so far, with an impressive seven centuries.
A hip problem left Ravichandran Ashwin in doubt for selection, but he apparently passed a fitness test.
Lokesh Rahul’s hundred at the Oval rescued a mediocre series for the batsman. He is likely to retain his spot at the top of the order. Shaw will duel in the in-form Mayank Agarwal for a place in the first Test XI.
Agarwal is more experienced than Shaw, having played 29 more first-class games, and has excelled for India A in recent times, with the highlight a double ton against South Africa A.
India are likely to play all three front-line spinners; Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. Seamers Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur are in the squad as cover for Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav who are likely to be the only quicks in the XI.
The series begins on 4 October in Rajkot.
Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari. Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur
Moeen Ali fears 50-over cricket could be lost due to ‘unsustainable’ schedule
The World Cup winner is worried people are starting to view the 50-over format as ‘the long, boring one’.
Alex Hales leads Trent Rockets to opening Hundred win
The former England opener hit 58 off 41 balls against Birmingham Phoenix.
Richard Thompson named as new ECB chair and pledges to restore trust in cricket
The 55-year-old will leave is role at Surrey.
Jos Buttler shines but Manchester Originals lose to Northern Superchargers
The England white-ball captain top-scored but the hosts were beaten at Emirates Old Trafford.
Harry Brooks and Will Jacks in England Lions squad to face South Africa
The tour match will give an opportunity for players to push for a first Test cap.
Nathan Ellis and Jordan Thompson help London Spirit claim thrilling derby win
Australian fast bowler Ellis (three for 28) and Thompson (two for 31) reduced the home side to 12 for four.
Jofra Archer extends Sussex contract for another year
The 27-year-old World Cup winner has been sidelined for more than a year by injury.
Northern Superchargers put their faith in experience for Hundred campaign
The Headingley-based men’s side could have eight players aged 34 and over in their first-choice XI.
Liam Livingstone looking forward to entertaining fans in the Hundred again
The England all-rounder finished the 2021 men’s Hundred with the most runs and the highest individual score.
On this day in 2008: Kevin Pietersen named England Test and one-day captain
The South Africa-born batter made a bright start but lasted just five months in the roles.