The first match of the five-match Test series to be played between India and England is to be played from August 4. Before the start of the series, India have to play a three-day practice match against England’s County Select XI in Durham. Rohit Sharma has been given the captaincy in this match. After a long time, KL Rahul has appeared in the white jersey in the field, but an interesting thing was seen in this match and that is that not 11 but 13 players of India were seen in this match.
Yes, the other two players are Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan who were seen playing for County XI, not for India. This has happened because James Bracey and Zak Chappell, two members of the County Select XI team, withdrew their names before the match because James Bracey is in healthy quarantine due to contact with a corona infected person, while Zak Chappell is in the match. Injured a day earlier, due to which the county team demanded two players from India to play in their team.
In response, the Indian team allowed Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan to play for the county side but giving the young bowler to the county team proved costly for India as Hanuma Vihari’s straight drive when Avesh came to bowl on the very first day of the game. While stopping, he got hurt in his thumb and went back to the pavilion. The injury is said to be serious and the tour may end here for Avesh.
On the other hand, if we talk about Washington Sundar, the day was not special for him as he became a victim of Siraj by scoring just one run. Although Sundar was not called to bowl, he was sent to bat at No. Let us tell you that in this match, India batted first and scored 311 runs in which Rahul contributed the most of 101 runs. At the end of the second day’s play, County XI scored 220 runs for the loss of nine wickets.