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In the fourth Test against England, Bumrah took a break.

In the fourth Test against England, Bumrah took a break.

Jasprit Bumrah will not play in the fourth Test against England, which is scheduled to start in Ranchi on February 23. KL Rahul is expected to miss the fourth Test as well, having missed the second and third Tests. His availability to play in the final Test in Dharamsala is contingent upon his fitness.

With the 2024 T20 World Cup starting on June 1 and the IPL season approaching, Bumrah’s workload—he has bowled 80.5 overs in the first three Tests—was taken into consideration when the decision to give him a rest was made. Though there were rumors that Bumrah might be rested for the third Test in Rajkot, he ended up playing the match as the series was tied at one.

After being cut from the Rajkot squad for the third Test, Mukesh Kumar re-joined the Ranchi team. After being released, he participated in the Ranji Trophy match between Bengal and Bihar, when he achieved a career-best match total of 10 for 50 in a decisive victory for Bengal.

After a record 434 runs in Rajkot, India now leads the five-match series 2-1. They will need to find a way to compensate for Bumrah’s absence, since he is the series’ top wicket-taker with 17 wickets at an average of 13.64 per wicket. After taking 9 for 91 in both innings during the second Test match in Visakhapatnam, he was named Player of the Match as India won.

While Mohammed Siraj was rested for the second Test match against England, Mukesh participated and bowled just 12 overs for statistics of 1 for 70 in Vishakapatnam. India will select between Mukesh and the uncapped Akash Deep for the second quick bowler if they play two fast bowlers in Ranchi. Akash Deep was picked in the squad for the last three Test matches after leading India A in wickets during the recent first-class matches against the England Lions.

Prior to missing the second Test due to a quadriceps injury, Rahul had scored the greatest aggregate for India in the match with scores of 86 and 22, respectively, during the first Test’s loss in Hyderabad.

Subject to fitness, he was named in the third Test team, but a bad knee ultimately prevented him from playing.

This Friday marks the start of the fourth Test between India and England, which will conclude four days after the third Test. The fifth and final Test will begin on March 7, eight days after the fourth Test ends on February 27.

Rohit Sharma, captain; Yashasvi Jaiswal; Shubman Gill; Rajat Patidar; Sarfaraz Khan; Dhruv Jurel; KS Bharat; Devdutt Padikkal; R Ashwin; Ravindra Jadeja; Axar Patel; Washington Sundar; Kuldeep Yadav; Mohammed Siraj; Mukesh Kumar; Akash Deep are the members of the India squad for the fourth Test.

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