Raina, Karn, Rahul included for Australia Test squad

By | November 12, 2014

BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has Announced the Squad for the four-match Test series against Australia. .

There are 20 Players who will represent India in the test series against Australia.

India’s Test squad for Australia MS Dhoni (capt), Virat Kohli, Shekhar Dhawan, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Naman Ojha*, R Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron.

 Raina, Karn, Rahul included for Australia Test squad

Raina, Karn, Rahul included for Australia Test squad

KL Rahul and Railways legspinner Karn Sharma have been picked in India’s squad for the four-match Test series against Australia, along with Suresh Raina,

Raina, who made his Test debut in 2010, began his career with a series of bright knocks, but lost his place after the 2011 England tour.

In 16 ODIs this year, Raina has scored 528 runs at an average of 40.61, including a series tally of 160 runs in four games in England.

Rahul has been as a dashing , reserve opener’ , following his consistent performances in domestic cricket ,  former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has backed his selection. The 22-year-old Karnataka batsman was the second-highest run-getter in the 2013-14 first-class season, scoring 1158 runs at an average of 52.63. His performances were key to Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy triumph and he carried his form into this season, too, slamming a century in each innings of the Duleep Trophy final in New Delhi for South Zone. Rahul had toured Australia earlier ,this year with  India A squad, scoring 101 runs in two first-class games against Australia A.

The selectors have picked five pace bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron, though a few of them have been struggling with fitness issues. Bhuvneshwar was rested for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, but Shami and Aaron have suffered injuries. While Shami’s injury was not specified, Aaron injured his right leg in the first ODI of the series in Cuttack. Ishant, on the other hand, bowled only four overs in the third ODI in Hyderabad, due to a stiff back and was not considered for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka.Ojha has been included only for the first Test.

The Schedule is as follows

1st Test: Australia v India at Brisbane
Dec 4-8, 2014 (10:00 local | 00:00 GMT | 05:30 IST)
2nd Test: Australia v India at Adelaide
Dec 12-16, 2014 (10:30 local | 00:00 GMT | 05:30 IST)
 
3rd Test: Australia v India at Melbourne
Dec 26-30, 2014 (10:30 local | 23:30 GMT | 05:00 IST)

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