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BCCI announces team for Sri Lanka test; Rohit, Rahul return

BCCI announces team for Sri Lanka test; Rohit, Rahul return

The Indian selectors played safe by retaining most of the players from the previous series against Australia in March. Rohit Sharma has been included in the squad and interestingly Karun Nair has been dropped. He hasn't played a First-Class game since his recovery but took part in the Indian Premier League and made a comeback into the national side for the Champions Trophy, ending with more than 300 runs in the tournament.

Rohit and Shami, who were dropped from the four match Test rubber against Australia in February, replaced middle-order batsman Karun Nair and all-rounder Jayant Yadav for the Sri Lanka tour. KL Rahul, who has recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the IPL, Champions Trophy and the West Indies series also keeps his place in the 15-member squad. Shreyas Iyer, who was called in as a backup for skipper Virat Kohli for the final Test against Australia, doesn't feature in the strong 16-man contingent. Nair will be leading the India A side against South Africa, where he is expected to play both formats.

KL Rahul, who has completed his rehabilitation after an injury, will be playing his first global match since the fourth Test against Australia in March.

Team India had won a three-Test series 2-1 on their last tour to Sri Lanka in 2015.

The three Test matches will be played in Galle, Colombo and Kandy.

Pandya, a regular in India's one-day global and Twenty20 sides, could make his test debut to support the pace bowling unit comprising Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The Test series will be followed by five-match ODI series, beginning August 20, followed by a one-off T20I on September 6.

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