India unchanged for first two Australia Tests

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India have named an unchanged squad for the first two Tests of the four-match series at home to Australia.

The top-ranked side in Test cricket extended their unbeaten run in the longest format to 19 matches with a crushing 208-run win over Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Monday.

Amit Mishra and Mohammed Shami have not recovered from knee injuries, while Rohit Sharma (thigh) is still not fully fit, so the selectors have stuck with the same 16 for the Tests in Pune and Bangalore.

India are unbeaten in 20 five-day matches on home soil, having won the last five, and Virat Kohli's side are well fancied to maintain their outstanding form against Australia.

The first Test starts at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium next Thursday.

 

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya.