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Hardik Pandya to join Team India in Australia, likely to play Boxing Day Test

first_imgHardik Pandya is set to fly out to Australia and join the Indian Test team. The all-rounder, it is understood, should be available to play the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground starting December 26.India won the first Test in Adelaide last week but have struggled in Perth where they are battling against a charged-up Australian bowling attack. Virat Kohli’s selection for the second Test also raised eyebrows after he chose to go in without a spinner following an injury to R Ashwin.Pandya had suffered an acute back injury during an Asia Cup match against Pakistan in September. Subsequently, he missed out on the Test, ODI and T20I series against the West Indies at home and did not play the ODI and T20I series in Australia.Pandya was also not named in the squad for the Test series in Australia However, he now fully recovered and picked 5 for 81 and 2 for 21 in a Ranji Trophy game against Mumbai. Pandya also scored 73 in the match.Pandya is an integral part of India’s teams across formats. In 11 Tests so far, has scored 532 runs and taken 17 wickets including a best haul of 6 for 50 in England earlier in the year.The all-rounder’s return is sure to improve the balance of the Indian team. In the second Test, India were forced to field four No.11 batsmen after choosing four pacers.(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)last_img read more