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Karun Nair returns to Test squad, Ambati Rayudu named for England ODIs

NEW DELHI May 9: As expected, Ajinkya Rahane has been confirmed as India's captain for the one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Bengaluru next month, overseeing a familiar-looking squad which includes the recalled Karun Nair and Shardul Thakur.
Rahane, however, has been left out from the ODI squad for England series, along with spinner Axar Patel.
The BCCI selectors met in Bengaluru to pick six squads on Tuesday, including two T20I squads to face Ireland and England and ODI outfit to face England, the latter featuring Ambati Rayudu who was recalled as replacement for the injured Kedar Jadhav and KL Rahul who took Manish Pandey’s place.
Virat Kohli leads the T20I and ODI squads, but having opted to play county cricket for the month of June with Surrey, Rahane will lead India in Afghanistan’s debut Test from June 14.
Nair made headlines in late 2016 when he became the second Indian batsman to score 300 in a Test, doing so with a monumental 303 not out against England when filling in for the injured Rahane.
He was dropped, however, after managing 54 runs in three innings against Australia.
A strong domestic season has propelled Nair back into the Test squad as he has been included at expense of Rohit Sharma, who after a bumper series at home against Sri Lanka struggled for form in South Africa.