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Pandey replaces injured Rahane in fourth Test against England

Indian captain Virat Kohli will be hoping to win the five-match series against England by avoiding defeat in the fourth Test match that starts on Thursday.
Indian captain Virat Kohli will be hoping to win the five-match series against England by avoiding defeat in the fourth Test match that starts on Thursday. Reuters

India’s middle order batsman and vice captain Ajinkya Rahane has been ruled out of the remainder of the series against England after he suffered from a fractured finger during a practice session.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India said Rahane had been ruled out for the remaining two Test matches, the first of which starts on Thursday. Rahane has been replaced by right-hander Manish Pandey.

For England, batsman Keaton Jennings will make his Test debut on Thursday.

Jennings becomes the latest South Africa born player to represent England. Other recent England players to be born in South Africa include former captain Andrew Strauss and the former wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Keatings was drafted into the side after opener Haseeb Hameed injured his hand during the third Test.

Cook said Hameed's injury was disappointing considering his impressive displays during the tour but urged Jennings to grab his opportunity with both hands.

“If Keats [Jennings] comes in and does well again then it’s only adding to our top order players, which would be good,” he said.

India lead the series 2-0. They can clinch the series if they avoid defeat in Mumbai.
 

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