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Umesh back as India name squad for Ahmedabad Tests

India have named their squad for the third and fourth Tests of the series against England, in Ahmedabad; fast bowler Umesh Yadav replaces Shardul Thakur while opening batsmen Shubman Gill has been passed fit after a blow to the forearm in Chennai

Last Updated: 17/02/21 11:00am

India seamer Umesh Yadav returns to squad to face England in the third and fourth Tests in Ahmedabad

India seamer Umesh Yadav returns to squad to face England in the third and fourth Tests in Ahmedabad

India opener Shubman Gill has been passed fit to take his place in the squad for the last two Tests against England, with seamer Umesh Yadav recalled.

Gill was hit on the left forearm while fielding at short leg during the hosts’ series-levelling win in the second Test at Chennai and was absent on the final day after being sent for precautionary scans.

India have Mayank Agarwal standing by as an able replacement but Gill was included in a 17-man squad for the remainder of the series on Wednesday morning.

While the tourists have made regular changes to their squad as a result of rest and rotation, India have made only one minor alteration – Yadav returning in place of the released Shardul Thakur, although the fast bowler will need to pass a fitness test before joining up with the rest of the group.

Shubman Gill has been passed fit after taking a blow to the forearm in the field in Chennai (Pic credit: BCCI)

Shubman Gill has been passed fit after taking a blow to the forearm in the field in Chennai (Pic credit: BCCI)

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah was rested from the previous match and should return for the day-night match next week, but India could choose an extra pace option in place of Kuldeep Yadav with the pink ball in play. All-rounder Hardik Pandya is also awaiting his first appearance of the series.

India squad for third and fourth Tests in full: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

Follow text commentary of the day-night third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app from 8.30am on Wednesday, February 24.

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