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Ashwin misses plane to England after testing positive for Covid-19

Indian all-rounder R Ashwin has tested positive for Covid-19 and has therefore not yet traveled to England for the upcoming Edgbaston test, to be held July 1-5.

Ashwin is currently in quarantine and will not join the squad until all protocol requirements are met. The rest of the Indian team had left for England on June 16.

“Ashwin did not travel to the UK with the squad as he tested positive for Covid-19 before departure,” a source at BCCI told me. PTIA† “But we are hopeful that he will recover well in time before the test match starts on July 1. However, he may miss the friendly against Leicestershire.”

The rest of the squad is already in Leicester and started training under the supervision of bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and batting coach Vikram Rathour.

Rahul Dravid, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer reached London after finishing the T20I series against South Africa, and will now travel to Leicester on Tuesday.

The Irish team under VVS Laxman will leave for Dublin on June 23 or 24, as the team members have been given three days of rest. India will play two T20Is against Ireland in Dublin on June 26 and 28.

The test team will then face England in Birmingham to complete the final five-match Test series that came to an abrupt halt last year, with India currently leading 2-1. After the Edgbaston Test, India and England will face each other in three ODIs and three T20Is.

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