Ajinkya Rahane ruled out of England Test series; Manish Pandey called up

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Mumbai, Dec 7: India's middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced today (December 7).

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Rahane has sustained an avulsion fracture on his right index finger after a ball stuck him during a practice session at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, on the eve of the 4th Test. Karnataka's Manish Pandey has been named as Rahane's replacement.

Ajinkya Rahane is out of England Tests

Manish is currently playing Ranji Trophy match for Karnataka against Maharashtra in Mohali. The game started today and Maharashtra were batting first.

The 27-year-old Manish has played 12 One Day Internationals for India. However, he is yet to feature in a Test match.

Rahane, the 28-year-old Mumbai right-hander, had a poor series so far. He had scores of 13, 1, 23, 26 and 0 in the 3 Tests against England. However in today's press conference, captain Virat Kohli had defended the batsman stating others had covered up for his failures.

Also, paceman Shardul Thakur was today named as a back-up for fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who is nursing a sore knee. Shardul, like Manish, is playing Ranji Trophy match for Mumbai against Punjab in Rajkot. He had taken 2 wickets by the time his inclusion was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

"The BCCI medical team confirms that India batsman Ajinkya Rahane sustained an avulsion fracture on his right index finger and has been ruled out for the remaining two Test matches of the Paytm series - 2016 against England. A ball stuck Rahane during the practice session today," BCCI said in a media advisory.

"Manish Pandey has been included in the team as a replacement for Rahane," it added.

"Mumbai medium pacer Shardul Thakur has been called as back up for India pacer Mohammed Shami, who is nursing a sore knee. The BCCI medical team is closely monitoring his progress and a decision on his participation will be taken before the start of the fourth Test match," BCCI said.

India lead the 5-match rubber 2-0 after winning the 2nd and 3rd Tests in Visakhapatnam and Mohali respectively.

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