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IND vs ENG: Mayank Agarwal to join Team India as cover for Rohit Sharma

India skipper Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid-19 and is doubtful for the Edgbaston Test.

VS Aravind Edited by: VS Aravind New Delhi Updated on: June 27, 2022 16:24 IST
Mayank Agarwal
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Mayank Agarwal in action. (File Photo)

Mayank Agarwal has been called up as cover for skipper Rohit Sharma and the Indian opener will join the squad in the United Kingdom for the one-off rescheduled fifth Test in Edgbaston against England. 

Rohit tested positive for Covid-19 and is doubtful for the Test starting on July 1. The India skipper played the first day of the warm-up match against Leicestershire but tested positive in a Raipd Antigen Test (RAT). He has been in isolation since then. 

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has added Mayank Agarwal to India’s Test squad for the rescheduled fifth Test as cover for captain Rohit Sharma, who tested positive for COVID-19. Mayank has left for the UK and will link up with the squad in Birmingham," the BCCI said in a statement.

The 31-year-old Agarwal had missed out on making the 15-man squad for the game, starting July 1, but an opportunity has come his way as KL Rahul got injured just ahead of the South Africa series and now Rohit has contracted the infection.

The fifth Test against England is from last year's incomplete series which got spilled to this season due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian camp.

India are leading the series 2-1.

Agarwal has featured in 21 Tests so far, scoring 1488 runs at an average of 41.33. He last played five-day format against Sri Lanka in March at home.

In the two-Test series, he managed just 59 runs (33, 4, 22) in three innings.

He also fared poorly while leading Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, scoring 196 runs in 13 games. His team finished sixth in the 10-team League.

India’s Test squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mayank Agarwal

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