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Shami out of first two Tests against England: Suryakumar will not be in the squad due to hernia operation; First match from 25th January

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Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami is likely to miss the first two Test matches of the 5-Test series against England starting on January 25. He has not resumed bowling since the ankle injury.

On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav may also be out of the squad. He is suffering from hernia and needs surgery. It is expected that Yadav will be completely fit by IPL.

Shami will have to go to NCA
A source in the Indian Cricket Board told Indian Express, Shami has not even started bowling yet, he will have to go to NCA to prove his fitness. It seems difficult for him to play in the first two Test matches against England.

Yadav will take time
According to the source, Yadav will take more time than expected. After hernia operation, it may take up to eight-nine weeks for him to practice on the field. Hopefully he will be fit during the IPL.

Surya played his only Test for India on 9 February 2023 against Australia in Nagpur.

Surya played his only Test for India on 9 February 2023 against Australia in Nagpur.

Shami is not part of the test series against South Africa
Mohammed Shami did not accompany the team on the recent South Africa tour. When the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Test team, he was a part of the squad, but later the board said that Shami was out of the Test series due to not being fit. Avesh Khan got a place in the team in place of Shami.

First test on 25 January
India's 5-match series against England will start from January 25 and continue till March 11. England will come to India to play 5 tests. There will be a Test series between the two teams in India after 3 years, the last series in 2021 was won by Team India by a margin of 3-1. The first Test will be played in Hyderabad from 25 January.

This time the England team will come to India under the captaincy of Ben Stokes. Under the captaincy of Stokes, the team has defeated New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan in test series with its aggressive batting approach.

Series will be held in India, no need for full pace attack
BCCI will not rush Shami's return as the five-match Test series is being played at home. India's pitch is spin friendly. At present, Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah will be available in the team. At the same time, India will have Axar Patel, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as spinners. Therefore, the team can go with only two specialist pacers and Mohammed Shami can be rested.

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