Jonny Bairstow thinks England's ODI and Test form comparisons are 'unfair'

Doug Mendoza
July 21, 2018

Rashid is only playing white-ball cricket for Yorkshire due to a contract he agreed in February, yet he is ready to don the whites again for England if he is selected for the five-match series with India which starts on August 1.

Jasprit Bumrah, who was unfit for the ODI series, will be available for selection from the second Test onwards.

The five-Test series against India follows England's 2-1 ODI series win over the tourists which helped them cement their place as the world's top-ranked one-day side.

"Bhuvneshwar Kumar aggravated a lower back condition in the 3rd ODI against England", the BCCI release said.

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.

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"His condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon", the statement added.

Traditionally, Lord's has opened major Test series, although Cardiff's Sophia Gardens (twice) and Trent Bridge have been chosen to launch the three most recent England v Australia rivalries on British soil.

Root, speaking before India unveiled that squad, said he'd gone back to basics in working out how to play Kuldeep rather than use the Merlyn spin-bowling machine for practice. Like Rashid, he finished the one-dayers flushed with confidence after out-performing his Indian counterparts in the decisive moments of the series, and with Ben Stokes set to miss the second Test due to his court case in Bristol, Moeen's allround qualities may well bring him further into the frame. We are really excited to be going into a lengthy Test series. "I'm sure he'll be up for discussion, definitely".

The selection committee also selected the Board President XI team that is scheduled to play a three-day warm-up game against South Africa "A" in Belgaum from July 30. India's two big match-winners at home, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, were retained. He even started picking Kuldeep and played him easily.

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