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Kuldeep picked for first three Tests against England

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav have been picked in India's 18-man squad for the first three Tests in England. While Kuldeep was part of India's squad for the Afghanistan Test in June, this was a maiden Test call-up for Pant, who has followed up a smashing IPL with important innings for the India A side in England. The selectors named the squad for only the first three matches of the five-Test series.

The selectors didn't consider Rohit Sharma's two limited-overs centuries on the tour enough reason to hand him a Test comeback, with India A captain Karun Nair continuing to hold the spot of the extra middle-order batsman.

India had problems in the bowling department with Bhuvi not named in the squad after he aggravated his lower-back stiffness while playing the ODI series decider a day before the Test squad was announced. Jasprit Bumrah, although named in the squad, will only be available for selection from the second Test on as he recovers from a broken thumb sustained early on the tour in Ireland.

"Bhuvneshwar Kumar aggravated a lower back condition in the 3rd ODI against England," the BCCI release said. "His condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon."

Test squad(for first three matches): Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.