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Indian cricketer KL Rahul has been ruled out of the third test against England due to a failed fitness test. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Devdutt Padikkal will replace Rahul in the squad. Rahul, who has played 50 tests and scored eight centuries for India, missed the second test of the five-match series due to an injury.
According to the BCCI, Rahul has reached 90% match fitness and is currently undergoing recovery at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The aim is to ensure he is fully fit for the fourth and fifth tests. Rahul’s absence adds to India’s batting woes, as captain Virat Kohli had already pulled out of the series due to personal reasons.
In addition to Rahul, England spinner Jack Leach will also miss the remainder of the series due to a knee injury. This further impacts the balance of both teams.
Padikkal, who has been called up to the squad as Rahul’s replacement, has previously represented India in T20 cricket but is yet to make his test debut. His inclusion provides an opportunity for the young talent to showcase his skills on the international stage.
The series between India and England is currently tied 1-1, making the upcoming third test in Rajkot crucial for both teams. The match is set to begin on Thursday.
(Reporting by Chiranjit Ojha in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
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