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Parthiv, Bumrah Named in India's Test Squad For South Africa Tour

Parthiv, Bumrah Named in India's Test Squad For South Africa Tour

It is expected to be a 17-member squad that will travel to South Africa and the main call will be whether India would go with four frontline pacers and three specialist spinners or five specialist pacers with two slow bowlers.

Bumrah was included as the fifth pacer in the Test team but left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, now in the squad for the Sri Lanka Tests, missed out.

Virat Kohli (captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

India's pace-heavy attack includes Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah. With the Test squad ready, the new inclusions from the Sri Lanka Test are Parthiv Patel and Hardik Pandya, the latter who was asked to be rested for the Test series against Sri Lanka will be seen in action from January in the Proteas tour from January 5.

Meanwhile, selectors also named the 15-man squad for Sri Lanka T20Is.

Hardik Pandya is the only genuine all-rounder while Parthiv Patel, after his gutsy show against England previous year, had booked his tickets for the South Africa bound flight. "He has not played a lot of competitive cricket lately", Prasad said. Considering his Ranji Trophy performances previous year, where he bowled brilliantly the whole season. It's a unanimous choice and he definitely adds variety.

Chinaman Yadav missing out on a Test nod was "unfortunate", according to Prasad.

India will begin their tour of South Africa with a two-day warm-up match at Boland Park in Paarl from December 30-31. "Otherwise, he is a top-class bowler", He explained.

The squad features three uncapped players in Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Basil Thampi.