Opener Mayank Agarwal has been added to the Indian Test squad for the Edgbaston Test against England. He comes in as a cover for captain Rohit Sharma, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
The fifth test of the five-match series is scheduled to begin on July 1.
According to the latest government rules on travel to the United Kingdom, Agarwal won't be subjected to any quarantine period and may be available to play immediately if needed.
Agarwal, who made his Test debut against Australia on Boxing Day in 2018, has scored 1,488 runs at an average of 41.33 in 21 matches, including four centuries and six half-centuries. He was in the squad for the five-match Test series against England last year but was ruled out of the first Test at Trent Bridge due to a concussion. But with Rahul rediscovering his touch as a Test opener, Agarwal did not feature in the playing eleven for the whole tour.
Agarwal last played a Test match for India in March, during the two-match home series against Sri Lanka in Mohali and Bengaluru. He could manage to score just 59 runs at an average of 19.66.
He captained Punjab Kings in IPL 2022.
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India are leading the Test series 2-1 against England, before a Covid-19 outbreak in the visitors' camp saw the fifth and final Test in Manchester rescheduled to Edgbaston this year. After this, India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is, scheduled from July 7 to 17.