The Indian batter, Mayank Agarwal has left for Birmingham on Monday, June 27, days ahead of the rescheduled fifth Test against England. Mayank will be joining the Indian squad which has been training for the much-anticipated last Test against England, which will get underway from July 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Mayank Agarwal has reportedly been called up to the Indian Test squad as cover for Rohit Sharma.
The Indian skipper seems doubtful about taking part in the Test match after he tested positive for Covid-19 in a Rapid Antigen Test on Saturday. He has been isolated and is being monitored by the BCCI medical team in Leicestershire. Mayank shared a picture on social media about his departure to Birmingham. He was dropped from the squad after his disappointing show at home against Sri Lanka earlier this year.
Notably, Rohit led India in the 4-day practice match against Leicestershire last week, but he not coming out to bat in the second innings raise quite a few eyebrows as he scored 25 runs in the first innings. The BCCI confirmed on Sunday that Rohit would undergo an RT-PCR test which would determine his CT value. With doubts over Rohit’s participation, Mayank is set to join the rest of the squad.
India is already missing the services of KL Rahul for the 5th Test as the vice-captain suffered a groin injury that also ruled him out of the 5-match T20I series against South Africa at home earlier this year.
Mayank Agarwal will be expected to join the Indian Test squad in England immediately as there are no quarantine rules in place in the UK at the moment. Notably, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided not to have the bio-bubble arrangements for the home series. England and New Zealand are playing a 3-match Test series without the bio-bubble arrangements.