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Ajinkya Rahane returns to training after having a hamstring niggle; On course to play the first Test against England

India’s squad in England has received encouraging news as vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has shown signs of thigh muscle recovery. Ajinkya Rahane is one of India’s most experienced players and his full fitness is critical for the five-match Test series against the host. The first Test starts on 4 August in Nottingham.

India have already faced injuries over the series as Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar and Shubman Gill have returned home. Khan and Sundar sustained finger injuries while Gill had a side strain on his left leg. Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar picked it up while playing for County Select XI against India in the warm-up squad in Durham.

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Apart from them, Captain Virat Kohli and Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli and Rahane did not take part in the three-day practice match against County Select XI in Durham as the former had a stiff back and the last swollen thigh muscle. But according to the Times of India, Rahane had field and practice sessions and batted at the Riverside Ground of Durham County.

Ajinkya Rahane was India’s 4th best batsman on their tour of England in 2018:

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: Twitter)

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane, with 257 runs in five Tests at 25.70, was the visitors’ fourth highest run-scorer in the series. The veteran scored a brilliant century in India’s famous victory over the Lords in 2014; however, its recent form was contradictory. The visitors would hope that Virat Kohli’s deputy returns to his best form when they see their first Test series on English soil since 2007.

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