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Indian Cricket Team. (Photo: Twitter)

India’s second-string team defeated Ireland 2-0 in the T20I series under the leadership of Hardik Pandya.

The hosts were within four runs of winning the 2nd game but they fell just short.

India’s Test team, meanwhile, will play against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham for the rescheduled fifth and final Test of the series from 1st July. After the Test match, the two teams will face off in three T20Is and the same number of ODIs.

Hardik Pandya, Umran Malik
Hardik Pandya, Umran Malik. (Photo: Twitter)

Regular Players Will Join The Squad From The 2nd T20I Onwards: Sources

India would probably bring back their top players for the limited-overs portion of the tour after the first T20I.

The selection committee, headed by Chetan Sharma, reportedly determined that the team chosen for the Ireland T20Is will play the series opener against England due to the short turnaround between the final day of the Test and the first T20I.

The players in the Test squad will get 3 days to recover before the 2nd T20I.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)

“The squad that played T20I series in Ireland will remain in the first T20I and then from the second T20I, all the stars (Rohit, if fit, Kohli, Bumrah, Pant, Jadeja) will make a comeback. Once, they are well-rested, all of them will be a part of the regular white-ball side but most of the players in Ireland will remain till the end of the T20I series,” a source said according to The New Indian Express.

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On July 1 and July 3, while the Test match is taking place, India is also slated to play two T20 warm-up games. This makes it very clear that the team who triumphed in the Ireland series will play in these matches as well. In the two warm-up games, the visitors will compete against Derbyshire and Northamptonshire, respectively. When the team for the limited-overs portion of the England tour will be formally announced by the selectors is still to be determined.

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