India announce 18-member squad for Australia Tests - Rohit, Vijay, Parthiv return

Rohit Sharma was not selected in the Test squad for the England series

Rohit Sharma was not selected in the Test squad for the England series

"We felt that Rohit's nature of play, a very good back-foot player, his game is suited for Australia", India's chief selector MSK Prasad told reporters.

He has continued to compete in limited-over internationals but questions have been asked by the local media if Dhoni, who will be 38 in 2019, will still be in the side at next year's one-day World Cup in England and Wales.

Here's the squad: M Vijay, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Parthiv Patel (wk), K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Md Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, R Gurbani, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharath. We don't see that kind of talent in India.

Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan opened for India in the first match in England, but were dropped during the 4-1 defeat and also left out of India's two-Test home series against the West Indies. The other surprise was the inclusion of Murali Vijay as he had been dropped after the second Test in England. "It's an intensive series (in Australia) and we have called him back", said the chairman of selectors regarding Parthiv's call-up.

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Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja are the spin bowling options. The Mumbaikar was dropped from the longer-format of the game after a consistently poor show against South Africa. The opener has scored 482 runs in four Tests Down Under at an average of 60.25 with a top score of 144.

Parthiv Patel has also been included in the squad as the second choice wicket-keeper with Rishabh Pant remaining in the playing eleven. "If you see the selection we've done for the whole team, it's a mixture of youth and experience, which we really wanted because it's going to be a high-intensity series". The advantage of Parthiv is that he's a left-hander and can bat at any position. Soon enough, he represented Essex in the County Championship and impressed with scores of 80, 2, 85, 56 and 100 - the century coming in a chase of 282. Dinesh Karthik, who was part of the squad in England, has been left out.

Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah had been rested from the Tests against West Indies and were slotted back, and so was Ishant, who did not play against West Indies after he picked up an ankle injury during the Oval Test.

Just when wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel's Test career looked like it was over, he's been awarded a wildcard entry into India's Test squad for the tour of Australia. Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw find a place on the back of good performances in Tests for India. The three four-day matches in New Zealand will be played in Mount Maunganui, Hamilton and Whangarei.

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