Dhoni to miss first Test against Australia; Rahul, Karn and Raina included in squad

Dhoni will watch India's first Test against Australia from the sidelines

Dhoni will watch India’s first Test against Australia from the sidelines

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will miss the first Test against Australia in Brisbane as he is still recovering from a right thumb injury.

As a result of this, Virat Kohli will lead India for that Test only as Dhoni is expected to be available for the rest of the series.

“Dhoni is suffering from a right-thumb injury. He is on the right track,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel said. “It has been further decided to rest him for one more Test, so that everything is fine. It was suggested by his physiotherapist and doctors and after that this decision was taken. It is a right thumb injury.”

It has also been announced that uncapped batsman Lokesh Rahul and leg-spinner Karn Sharma have been included in the Test squad, along with all-rounder Suresh Raina, who has not played Test cricket since September 2012.

India Test squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Naman Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron

India squad for last two ODIs against Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, Akshar Patel, Karn Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Vinay Kumar, Kedar Jadhav

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