IND vs ENG: After testing positive for Covid-19, Ravi Ashwin will soon join Team India in England

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As Team India prepare for last year’s rescheduled fifth Test, the Men in Blue faced a slight setback as spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tested positive for Covid-19. He did not join his teammates in the UK and remained in quarantine.

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However, the veteran spinner and mid-order hitter is anticipated ahead of schedule. India will play a warm-up match on June 24 against Leicester County and the versatile player is expected to return for the same.

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Ashwin is expected to arrive in England in the next few days and his travel arrangements are being finalized, Cricbuzz reported. A report also said non-spinner Jayant Yadav was considered Ashwin’s replacement if the spinner failed to recover, Hindustan time reported.

Talking about the bowler’s contribution, he has 442 wickets for India in 86 Test matches. It also amassed 2,931 runs in the longest format, with five centuries and 12 half-centuries. In the ICC rankings, Ashwin is the second all-rounder in the tests.

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Speaking of the test against England in Leicester, Indian head coach Rahul Dravid, substitute skipper of the white ball Rishabh Pant and elite striker Shreyas Iyer joined the Indian team camp.

The rescheduled Test match will start on July 1, after which India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is in England. Both Test teams will play under new skippers as the England side saw Joe Root quit as captain with Ben Stokes taking over.

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