Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Bumrah earns call-up for SA Tests

Bumrah earns call-up for SA Tests

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the India cricket team squad for the South Africa tour 2018 Test series as well as the T20I team for the three-match series against Sri Lanka this December.

Rohit Sharma, like the ODI, will captain the side in the T20 series in the absence of Kohli.

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The honored secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad declared the squad where Jasprit Bumrah earned his maiden call-up and another player Parthiv Patel was also making his worthy comeback on the Test squad. Wriddhiman Saha will travel as the first-choice wicketkeeper with Parthiv as back-up. Bhuvenshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav form the Indian pace battery.

The Indian team is now fresh off a win in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur, where skipper Virat Kohli led the charge with a double hundred. Three Test matches between the Proteas and the Indian team will be played at Newlands, Cape Town (January 5 to 9), Centurion (January 13-17) and The Wanderers, Johannesburg (January 24-28). All doubts have been put to rest with the selection of Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. "The nature of wickets in South Africa will suit his bowling", added Prasad as he justified the Gujarat pacer's selection in the Indian Test squad.

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With both Tamil Nadu and Saurashtra out of Ranji Trophy, the likes of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, who are automatic picks in the Test squad, won't have any game time post the third Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi.

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