The Indian cricket team is preparing for a warm-up match ahead of the five-Test series against England amid coronavirus cases. The match will be played against County XI in Durham from July 20. The match is three days away and is a first-class match for India ahead of the Test series against England. The County XI squad for the match has also been announced. The team has players from different counties of England. Will Rhodes is the leader of the County XI. 15 players have been selected in the team.
India has never had a first-class warm-up match before. But the practice match took place after the BCCI and England board meeting. The County Championship is now underway in England. Because of this, no county team can match. For this reason, County XIs are made up of players from all county teams.
Easwaran and Saha report negative
At the same time, the Indian cricket team is struggling with the problem of its members being corona positive before the practice match. The team’s star wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and throwdown specialist Dayanand Jarani have been found to be Corona positive. Bowling coach Bharat Arun, reserve wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and standby opener Abhimanyu Easwaran have been kept in quarantine. He came in contact with Dayanand. The reports of Arun, Easwaran and Saha have been reported as negative but they will have to follow the health safety rules of the British government.
KL Rahul to continue in practice match
Because of this, he lives in London with Pant and Zarani. The rest of the team will join Durham in the evening after a 20-day break. Pant and Saha will be ruled out of the warm-up match against the combined county team starting July 20. In such a situation, KL Rahul is the wicketkeeper. The team has already suffered a setback. Opening batsman Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the series due to a leg injury.
The county eleven team is:
Will Rhodes (Captain), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Aspinwell, Ethan Bomber, James Bracey, Jack Carson, Jack Chappell, Haseeb Hamid, Lyndon James, Jake Libby, Craig Miles, Liam Peterson White, James Roo, Rob Yates.
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