India announces squad for first two test matches against Australia

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BCCI have retained the same 16 man squad for the first two test matches against Australia starting from 23rd February. Abhinav Mukund, Kuldeep Yadav and Karun Nair have been named in the 16 man squad. India played the same squad for one off test match against Bangladesh.

Mohammad Shami has not recovered from his injury. Rohit Sharma who injured his hamstring during the fifth ODI against New Zealand is not selected.

India has been on a roll not losing a test match since August 2015. The Men in Blue are currently the number 1 ranked test team in the world. It promises to be a mouthwatering series between two top teams in the world.

Australia record in the subcontinent has been poor not winning a test match since 2011. They have lost 9 successive test matches including 4-0 loss to India in 2013, 2-0 loss to Pakistan in 2014 and 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka last year. It also includes only 2 draws.

The four test match series will start from 23rd February in Pune. The second test match will began from 4th March at Bengaluru, the third test match at Ranchi on 16th March and final test match in Dharmashala from 25th March.

Australia will play three day practice match against India from 16th February at Braboune Stadium.

Squad: Virat Kohli (capt), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhinav Mukund, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav

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