Mayank to open, Rahul to Wicket keeping against County XI in Durham

Pant is still in isolation as he wants to regain full fitness before the first Test.


India are finally all set to play a warm-up of first-class stature. After many questions, opinions and discussions over the years, their game against 'County Select XI' will start on 20 July in Durham.


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India are finally all set to play a warm-up of first-class stature. After many questions, opinions and discussions over the years, their game against 'County Select XI' will start on 20 July in Durham.


The match will see Mayank Agarwal in action at the top of the order as he looks to fill the void available due to an injury to Shubman Gill. Additionally, KL Rahul will be wearing wicket-keeping gloves in the absence of Rishabh Pant, who tested positive for COVID-19 and did not travel with the team to Durham.


Rahul is one of the contenders for the role of opener along with current Rohit Sharma. The match has been accorded first-class status, the first for India in several years after Mahendra Singh Dhoni took over as captain. The Jharkhand Dasher believed that an "official match" robbed all players of taking some game time.


However, the team management wanted a correct first-class match before the beginning of the Test series next month. As per BCCI sources, Pant, who had tested positive for COVID-19, has completed his scheduled 10-day isolation at an acquaintance's place in London and is "recovering well". But he is yet to join Team Bubble in Durham.


A senior BCCI official told PTI about the undisclosed circumstances, "Even if it is ball training game time, he will be given adequate rest to return to his physical condition. He is asymptomatic but will have to train first. Nottingham Test."


"In any case, both pant and wriddhiman isolation are available for the first test as a precautionary measure for this two wicket keeper."


As announced earlier, KL Rahul, who does the keepng training, will be providing great gloves for the game.


However, Mayang is likely to appear in the first quiz with Rohit Sharma after the injury to Gill series, the format of which will be overseen by the team management.

Mayang hadn't been in good form in Australia and lost that spot to Rohit, who had missed the first two Down Under Tests due to different rules following a femoral injury.


Although Rahul has scored as many 2000 runs in the opening innings, it is understood that he is considered a middle-order batsman and could be used later in the series if one of the senior batsmen (read Ajinkya Rahane) is back in form. does not come.

Against a team that is mostly young, only James Bracey and Haseeb Hameed hold the Test cap and both Rahul and Mayang can try if the second smoke comes in India. The match is three days away, and the chances are not high.


In the bowling department, Mohammad Siraj would like to give a good account of himself even if Jasprit Bumrah got a few wickets under his belt, as did Ravichandran Ashwin for Surrey last week.


County Select XI squad: Will Rhodes, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Aspinwell, Ethan Bamber, James Bracey, Jack Carson, Zak Chappell, Haseeb Hameed, Lyndon James, Jake Libby, Craig Miles, Liam Patterson-White, James Rew, Rob Yates