February 12 (Reuters) – India’s bid to level its four-test streak against England has received a boost after all-rounder Axar Patel was declared fit for the second game which starts in Chennai on Saturday.
Ravindra Jadeja nursing a thumb injury suffered in Australia, her compatriot Patel on her left arm was due to make her test debut in the opener which England won by 227 points. a knee injury, however, kept him from coming out and his replacement Shahbaz Nadeem only managed four wickets, making more than four runs over in the second inning.
“Axar Patel has fully recovered and is now available for selection for the 2nd test,” the team said Thursday evening.
Nadeem and Rahul Chahar have been removed from the main team and put on hold.
Captain Virat Kohli said Indian backup players Nadeem and versatile Washington Sundar could not provide adequate support to their front row bowlers. Patel’s striking abilities mean hosts may be tempted to bring unorthodox left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav into the starting XI in place of Sundar.
India are now just one defeat away from securing their 12-game winning streak in the home test series.
Another defeat would also put an end to India’s hopes of qualifying for the final of the first World Trials Championship in June.
Joe Root’s England must win at least two more tests to qualify for the final, which will be held at Lord’s in June. New Zealand have already qualified.
Tourists will also be forced to make at least a few changes for the second game.
Quick pitcher Jofra Archer will miss the test with an elbow injury, while Ben Foakes prepares to take back the wicket keeper’s gloves as Jos Buttler is off for the last three games.