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India Test captain Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid-19, which could cast him into doubt for the one-off test against England in Edgbaston.

Rohit is isolated at the team hotel and if the same protocols are followed as for the ongoing England-New Zealand series, this would be for a period of five days. The trial will start on July 1.

It is unclear who will lead India if Rohit is not available for the English test. KL Rahul was named vice-captain by the selectors when the squad was announced in May, but he is not in England after recently sustaining a groin injury ahead of the T20I home series against South Africa. The BCCI has not yet provided an update on Rahul’s condition and has yet to appoint a deputy for Rohit.

The selectors have appointed Rahul as the long-term captaincy. Rahul led India in the second Test of the South Africa tour in December-January after Virat Kohli withdrew due to a back injury. In March, an injury excluded Rahul from selection for the two-game test series at home against Sri Lanka, prompting the selectors to hand over the vice-captain to Jasprit Bumrah. However, Bumrah has no captaincy experience at any level. It could not be confirmed whether the selectors would consider Kohli an interim captain for the one-off Test. The one-off Test concludes last year’s series that was suspended following a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian team.

A BCCI statement on Rohit’s Covid result said: “Team India captain, Mr. Rohit Sharma, has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team. An RT-PCR test will be performed on Sunday to determine his CT value.”

News of Rohit’s positive test came through after the third day of the warm-up game against Leicestershire. He had made 25 in the first innings before failing in the second.

New Zealand has faced a number of Covid-19 cases on their ongoing test tour, while England batting coach Marcus Trescothick was absent from the Headingley game after testing positive.

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