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India and England announce their squads for the Pink Ball Test


India won the second test match against England with a handsome margin of 317 runs at Chepauk on Day 4. Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent 161 while Ravichandran Ashwin scored a century in the third innings and also picked up 8 wickets to win the Man of the Match. With the series level at 1-1, both teams head to Ahmedabad as they look forward to the Pink Ball Test at Motera. England announced their squad on 16th February and India announced their squad on 17th February for the Pink Ball Test.

India will be confident after their massive win in the 2nd Test in Chennai (Image Source: Suresh Raina Twitter)

Team India:

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane got some important runs in the Second Test at Chennai while the pressure was mounting on the duo. Shubman Gill was sent for scans for his injury concern but still is expected to be fit to play the Pink Ball Test. Mayank Agarwal is already a part of the squad and will be ready in case he is required. Hardik Pandya is not yet fit enough to bowl.

Jasprit Bumrah is expected to replace Kuldeep Yadav in the Playing XI as the conditions might suit 3 fast bowlers with Axar Patel expected to keep his place after an impressive bowling performance. Shardul Thakur and Shahbaz Nadeem have been released from the squad and are free to join their respective state teams. Umesh Yadav might has joined the bubble and might be included in the squad if he passes the fitness test.


Team England:

England announced their squad for the Pink Ball Test after the defeat to India in the 2nd Test at Chepauk. Jos Buttler had already returned home after the first test and surprisingly so Moeen Ali will also be returning back to the UK for his period of rotation. It has been a major disappointment for English fans after his bowling and batting performance in the 2nd Test. Sam Curran has arrived in India but isn’t in the squad for the Pink Ball Test.

Jofra Archer returns back from the injury that kept him out in the defeat at Chepauk while Dominic Bess also returns into the squad after the departure of Moeen Ali. Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood have been successfully integrated into the BioSecure Bubble and will be in contention for the Motera Test. Zak Crawley also returns into the squad and it is likely that he will replace Dan Lawrence in the Playing XI. Considering the pitch for the Pink Ball Test, it will be a tough choice for England to manage their bowling combination to suit the conditions. James Anderson will be a definite pick but the choice of spinners and the rest of the pacers will be one to look out for.


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