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India in England: Rohit Sharma-led side sports black armbands in memory of 1983 World Cup legend Yashpal Sharma

04:10 PM Jul 20, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

Durham, July 20: The touring Indians, led by Rohit Sharma in the absence of Virat Kohli, have won the toss and elected to bat in the three-day warm-up match against County Select XI here at the Riverside ground on Tuesday.

The team also sported black armbands in memory of India's 1983 World Cup legend Yashpal Sharma.

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KL Rahul will keep wickets in the absence of regular wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha, who are in isolation. Pant had tested positive for Covid-19 while Saha was in contact with training assistant Dayanand Garani, who also had tested positive for the virus.

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India are playing both left-arm spinners -- Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel -- while R Ashwin is not playing.

Mayank Agarwal will open the batting with Rohit Sharma.

This is India's only warm-up ahead of the five-Test series that begins on August 4.

Indians XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

County Select XI squad: Zak Chappell, Robert Yates, James Bracey (wicketkeeper), Haseeb Hameed, Rehan Ahmed, James Rew, Will Rhodes (captain), Jake Libby, Lyndon James, Craig Miles, Liam Patterson-White, Ethan Bamber, Jack Carson.

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