Indian skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay hit the nets to get into the groove ahead of the four-day practice game against Essex. The match will take place at the County Ground in Chelmsford. This would be Team India’s last chance to tighten all the loose ends ahead of the first Test against England starting August 1. Also Read - India vs Australia: Sanjay Manjrekar Praises 'Pure No.6' Batsman Hardik Pandya After Canberra Heroics
Murali Vijay was seen attempting sweep shots, whereas Virat was focussing on getting his timing right. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 | We Played With Heart And Desire: Captain Virat Kohli on Losing ODI Series
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Earlier, we saw Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja roll their arms over. BCCI posted the 80-second video and it read, “Watch
#TeamIndia members get in the groove for red ball cricket ahead of the three day game against Essex, beginning today.
Cheteshwar Pujara too got a bat at the nets. It seems the ones who have just joined the team like Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane along with Karun Nair might get a game. It would just be to get them in the groove by giving them a feel of the conditions that lie ahead. It would also be interesting to see the spinners who get to the starting XI of the first Test. Given the form, Kuldeep Yadav seems to be certainty over Ashwin and Jadeja, who do not have a good record in the UK.
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Meanwhile, India has already announced an 18-member squad for the first three Tests.
India’s Test squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur