Mumbai, February 14: The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Tuesday picked up the same squad for the first two Test matches of the four-match Paytm Test series against Australia. Notably, Indian selectors retained the 16-member squad that beat Bangladesh in the one-off Test by 208 runs for the first two Test matches against Australia starting from later this month.
The series begins in Pune on the 23rd of this month. Injured leg-spinner Amit Mishra and Batsman Rohit Sharma have not been picked up in the squad. Mohammed Shami, who recently recovered from a sore knee, also failed to make it to the squad.
There were no surprises in the squad announced on Monday. Karun Nair, who was dropped in favour of Ajinkya Rahane for the Hyderabad Test against Bangladesh, has been retained in the squad. On the other hand, Jayant Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav, who too failed to make the cut to the final line-up for the Hyderabad Test against Bangladesh, also kept their places in the squad.
The Virat Kohli-led Indians, who are on a 19-match unbeaten streak, are scheduled to play four Tests against Australians. The last two Tests are scheduled to be held in Ranchi (March 16-20) and Dharamsala (March 25-29).
The Virat Kohli-led Indian team, which are on a 19-match unbeaten streak, are scheduled to play four Tests against the Aussies. The squad for first two Tests against Australia is Virat Kohli, Murli Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wrddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya.