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Update Bumrah expected to miss ODI series against England too

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Jasprit Bumrah's return to the Indian team will take longer than anticipated. Having been rested from the five-match T20I series against England, which incidentally is being played in his hometown Ahmedabad, the India fast bowler is expected to miss the three-match ODI series that follows too.

After the third Test against England last week, Bumrah was also released from the Test squad for "personal reasons", which Cricbuzz understands is likely to keep him out of the ODI series too. The ODI series will be played in a bio secure environment in Pune, starting March 23.

Bumrah's unavailability from the entire white-ball leg against England gives India an opportunity to try out new players.

Varun Chakravarthy fails fitness test, BCCI officials confirm

BCCI and team officials have confirmed that spinner Varun Chakravarthy failed a fitness test conducted at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) less than a week ago. As reported by Cricbuzz on February 28, Varun was put through the Yo-Yo test and couldn't clock the required 17.1 mark. The 29-year-old spinner was then sent to Mumbai to play practice games after having spent three months at the NCA.

The BCCI had sent about 35 players to the NCA for a fitness test and Cricbuzz understands that one more player who was named in the T20I squad against England has also failed the fitness test.

With about 10 days still to go for the T20I series, it's possible that the player along with Chakravarthy could be sent for another round of Yo-Yo test. But the odds are stacked against them as it takes more time than what's available to improve Yo-Yo test results.


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