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IND vs ENG: Two Indian cricketers Ax-ed from squad ahead of 2nd Test against England

Axar Patel injured himself before the first Test, after which spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar were added to the squad

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Axar Patel was added back to the Indian squad after recovering from an injury | BCCI
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India all-rounder Axar Patel has recovered completely and is now available for selection for the second Test in Chennai against England to be played from Saturday. The all-rounder had complained of pain in his left knee and was ruled out of the first Test. The Board of Control for Cricket in India then had included spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar to the Indian Test squad.

Since Axar is available for selection for the second Test the All-India Senior Selection Committee has now withdrawn Nadeem and Chahar from the main squad and added the duo back to the group of standby players.

"Axar Patel has recovered completely and is now available for selection for the 2nd Paytm Test in Chennai against England to be played from Saturday, 13th February," the BCCI said in an official statement.

India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur

Standby players: KS Bharat, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Priyank Panchal

Net Bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar

England defeated India by 227 runs in the first Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. England's winning start against India in their ICC World Test Championship series has kept alive the visiting side's hopes of making the final of the nine-team competition.

The victory at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday lifted England to first place and 70.2 percentage points on the points table and they've improved their chances of securing one of the three series results in their favour that could see them through to the final - 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0.

India, who have slipped to the fourth position with 68.3 percentage points, cannot afford another loss in the four-match series and will be looking to win at least two of the remaining three matches to secure a 2-1 or 3-1 result and a place in the final. The second Test will be played in Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test.

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