India face West Indies Board XI in warm-up

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17 Aug 2019

India aim to gain the maximum in warm-up Test

The Indian cricket team will switch its attention towards red-ball cricket with a three-day warm-game against West Indies Cricket Board XI in Antigua on Saturday.

After winning both the T20I and the ODI series, India are up for a two-match Test series against the Windies.

This tour match ahead of the Test series will be a strong platform to get tuned.

Here's more.

Focus

Kohli likely to be rested, focus on other senior batsmen

Kohli likely to be rested, focus on other senior batsmen

Virat Kohli is likely to be rested after he picked up a thumb injury in the third ODI against WI.

He was superb in the ODIs and slammed two tons.

The focus in this warm-up tie will be on India's other senior players.

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara will be wanting to get going.

Rohit Sharma will be eyeing to cement his place.

Ajinkya Rahane

Can Ajinkya Rahane come good?

Rahane was recently seen in the English County, but he couldn't quite get going.

He scored 307 runs in seven games with a hundred and a fifty at an average of 23.61.

The 31-year-old hasn't been at his sublime best for a while now.

He would be wanting to use this warm-up game to do well in the Test series.

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Openers

What's in store for Mayank and Rahul?

What's in store for Mayank and Rahul?

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are set to open the batting for India in the upcoming Test series.

Therefore, this match holds utmost significance in terms of getting the desired start upfront.

Rahul, in particular, hasn't quite got rolling in Tests and with Hanuma Vihari therein as well, he cannot afford to throw opportunities away.

Mayank's solid approach could help him score runs.

Bowling

How does the bowling look like for India?

India's premier two spinners will be back to work together.

R Ashwin had a superb County campaign and could have a strong say.

Ravindra Jadeja has been a feature across formats of late and he is a dangerous customer.

One will also see Jasprit Bumrah make a return after being rested post the World Cup.

Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav would want to impress.

Test Championship

India set to begin their ICC World Test Championship journey

India set to begin their ICC World Test Championship journey

With the ICC World Test Championship having started earlier this month, India will be determined to get off to a strong start.

The Championship is a two-year cycle, the first of which started on August 1.

The group phase will run until March 31, 2021.

The top two teams will contest a final.

Number one ranked India have an important time ahead.

Starting XI

How could India go about their starting line-up?

India could be tempted to go in with six batsmen and five bowlers.

With Ashwin and Jadeja offering substance with the bat down the order, India will have that extra advantage.

So in this case, we might see someone like a Rohit sit out.

Also, India will be wanting to see both wicket-keepers. So it's a crucial toss-up between Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant.

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Against whom does India play in the warm-up match ahead of the Test series against West Indies?

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India plays against West Indies Board XI in the warm-up match ahead of the Test series against West Indies.

When does the three-day warm-up match start?

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It starts on August 17.

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Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal are the players to watch out for.

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He is likely to sit out after having suffered a thumb injury in the third ODI against West Indies.

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