India vs England | Hosts field changed lineup for 27th straight Test, Jayant Yadav left out

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India vs England | Hosts field changed lineup for 27th straight Test, Jayant Yadav left out

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Virat Kohli continued his formula of not sticking to a fixed lineup, as India made two changes to the lineup for the final Test in Chennai. Jayant Yadav, the find of the England series, was left out after scoring a century in the fourth Test in Mumbai, while Ishant Sharma has made his comeback.

Yadav made way for leg-spinner Amit Mishra, while Ishant came in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar who managed only one wicket in Mumbai where the hosts sealed the series 3-0. With the changes, India have fielded a changed starting lineup for the 27th consecutive Test, starting from way back in 2014 in England.

Yadav's omission has been surprising, given the talent and composure he has exhibited in the series since making his Test debut in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.

On his debut, Yadav score 35 and put on 64 with Ashwin to lift India from 363/7 in the first innings to finish at 455 to set the base for a win.

The 26-year-old go better with every outing and scored a century in Mumbai in the company of Virat Kohli as the duo took the match away from the Englishmen, helping India post a mammoth first-innings total of 631.

Yadav had come in for praise from all quarters and is being hailed as the find of the season. The exact reason for his exclusion is not yet clear.

England also made two changes to their lineup. “Sore” James Anderson has made way for Stuart Broad, returning from an injury break, while Liam Dawson will make his Test debut.

Dawson, who plays for Somerset, is an all-rounder and bowls left arm orthodox spin, giving the visitors a crucial option in the spinning department. He was handed the cap by former English Test player Vic Marks.

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