India’s premier fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who is currently out due to an ankle ailment, is expected to play his first Test match against England at home during the five-match series. The National Cricket Academy (NCA) is helping Shami with his rehabilitation, and he will be available for selection for the England series. Shami got the Arjuna Award on Monday from Indian President Draupadi Murmu.

Despite being named in the team, Shami was unable to play in the most recent two-Test away series against South Africa because of the ailment. During the ODI World Cup, the 33-year-old claimed the most wickets.

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With an astounding average of 10.70, Shami claimed 24 wickets in seven games, including three five-wicket hauls. Notably, in the semi-final, he recorded India’s greatest ODI bowling stats (7/57).

The current World Test Championship (WTC) cycle will see the Indian cricket team host the England team. On January 25, the five-match Test series is scheduled to begin in Hyderabad. Matches in Vizag, Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamsala will then follow.

In light of India’s incredible comeback in the second Test, which leveled the series in South Africa, Shami praised the bowlers’ collective genius. He praised the way the Indian pace attack is playing right now, pointing out that they can match any team in the world.

Mohammed Shami reveals his comeback match

India will play a three-match T20I series at home against Afghanistan before the England Test series. Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah are now able to relax. The team includes Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, and Arshdeep Singh.

“My rehabilitation is well on track and the medical experts at NCA are happy with my progress. There is slight stiffness in my ankle but that’s fine. I have started my training sessions and I believe I will be able to make a comeback in the England series. I am targeting the series for my return,” Shami told TOI.

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