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Avesh Khan replaces Mohammad Shami in India's squad for 2nd Test against South Africa
Avesh Khan
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Avesh Khan replaces Mohammad Shami in India's squad for 2nd Test against South Africa

| @indiablooms | 29 Dec 2023, 01:05 pm

Centurion/IBNS: India's pace bowler Avesh Khan has been added to the squad as a replacement for Mohammad Shami in the second Test against South Africa.

Shami has been ruled out of the series as he failed to get clearance from the BCCI medical team.

Avesh has played in India's successful outing with South Africa in the ODI series.

The second Test will be played between January 3-7, 2024 in Cape Town.

India’s squad for 2nd Test: India’s squad for Tests: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Avesh Khan.

South Africa shatter India's dreams to conquer the final frontier

South Africa shattered the dreams of India to conquer the final frontier after they defeated the visitors by innings and 32 runs, within three days of the first Test at SuperSport Park here on Thursday.

India could score only 131 all out in 34.1 overs in their second innings after folding their first innings at 245.

In reply, South Africa posted an imposing total of 408/9, taking a stupendous lead of 163 run-lead in the context of the nature of the wicket.

With this win, the Proteas took a 1-0 lead over India in the two-match Test series in the Rainbow Nation. They also pipped India and slid them down to the fifth position in the updated World Test Championship (2023-25) points table, whereas the hosts climbed to the No. 1 spot.

To reclaim the top rankings, India need to square off the series by winning the second and final Test at Cape Town.

The pace bowler picked six wickets in the series.

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