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England series a test of character for India, says Rahane

India’s batsmen face a test of character when they take on hosts England in their five-match test series starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday, Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane says. India were beaten 3-1 in the test series on their last tour of England four years ago as the team led by MS Dhoni struggled for consistency in all departments. However, Rahane believes the current squad have what it takes to reverse that result. “In terms of skill both teams are on par. It will be a test of our mind and character here,”…

Rahane to lead India against Afghanistan in Kohli’s absence

MUMBAI: Ajinkya Rahane will lead India against Afghanistan, who play their maiden test in Bengaluru in June, in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday. Kohli will represent Surrey in June after signing a one-month contract with the English county side to prepare for the test series against England later this year. He will return to lead India in the limited-overs series in Ireland in June before they head to England for three T20 internationals, three ODIs and a…