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ENG vs IND: Why is Ravi Ashwin Not Playing Today?

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Ravi Ashwin ENG vs IND Test: In an important news development, India’s senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is not playing the all-important fifth and final Test match against England at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Indian team is back in England after having left the fifth and final Test match due to a massive COVID-19 outbreak in 2021. The visitors have a 2-1 lead in the five-match Test series against England at this moment.

ENG vs IND: Why is Ravi Ashwin Not Playing Today?

After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, India’s newly named stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah revealed that senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is warming the bench for this crucial 5th Test match against England. Incidentally, Ashwin was not part of the India playing 11 during all of the previous four Test matches of this series in 2021 when he was fully fit and Virat Kohli was the captain. Ahead of this fifth Test, the right-arm off spinner also tested positive for COVID-19 which was the reason he arrived late in England. However, he still bowled some overs during India’s only warm-up Test against Leicestershire.

“It’s a good feeling (to be captain) and is a big privilege. Can’t get better than this. Excited and looking forward to this. Very happy with the preparation. Wanted to spend a lot of time and get used to the English conditions, as we came back from T20s. Happy with the preparation, now it’s for the mental side to take over. Four bowlers – myself, Siraj, Shardul and Shami along with Jaddu as the all-rounder,” said India skipper Jasprit Bumrah during the toss.

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England vs India: Confirmed India Playing 11

India have went ahead once again with the playing combination of four fast bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja will be the lone spinner. Cheteshwar Pujara returns to the India Test side and will play in this match as an opener.

India Playing 11 
1. Cheteshwar Pujara
2. Shubman Gill
3. Hanuma Vihari
4. Virat Kohli
5. Shreyas Iyer
6. Rishabh Pant (wk)
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. Shardul Thakur
9. Mohammed Shami
10. Jasprit Bumrah (C)
11. Mohammed Siraj

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England vs India 2022 Schedule

Date Format Fixture Time Venue
1-5 July, 2022 5th Test England vs India 3:30 PM IST Edgbaston, Birmingham
7 July, 2022 1st T20I England vs India 11 PM IST The Rose Bowl, Southampton
9 July, 2022 2nd T20I England vs India 7 PM IST Edgbaston, Birmingham
10 July, 2022 3rd T20I England vs India 11 PM IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
12 July, 2022 1st ODI England vs India 3:30 PM IST Kennington Oval, London
14 July, 2022 2nd ODI England vs India 5:30 PM IST Lord’s, London
17 July, 2022 3rd ODI England vs India 5:30 PM IST Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

 

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