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first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are set to be back in the squad for the final dress rehearsal when India take on Australia at home in the upcoming limited-overs series starting later this month. India and Australia will play two Twenty20 Internationals and five one day internationals from February 24.The selectors are unlikely look beyond 16 to 17 players, who are now in the scheme of things for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales.The limited-overs series will be India’s last international assignment before the World Cup, which begins in England on May 30.Zeroing in on players for a couple of available World Cup spots, including a toss-up between left-arm pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Khaleel Ahmed, will be the selection committee’s primary focus on Friday when it picks the India squad for the limited-overs series against Australia.The series against Australia will also be an indicator as to who among Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik will board the Heathrow-bound flight as a specialist-batsman-cum-second-wicketkeeper.KL Rahul is back in the mix as the third opener after a couple of good innings for India A against England Lions in the two unofficial Tests. Ajinkya Rahane is also among the contenders.While the two T20 matches will be a pre-cursor to the ODI series, vice-captain Rohit Sharma is likely to be given a short break to rejuvenate and come back fresh for the ODIs.The selectors have already identified 13 certainties for the World Cup and they are Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.advertisementThere are at least four contenders for the last two slots depending on the combination the team management would want.While Bumrah, Shami and Bhuvneshwar are certainties in the pace department, the bone of contention is a left-arm seamer who will add variation to the line-up.Khaleel, the young Rajasthan speedster, played in Australia and New Zealand but he looked like a work in progress who could be all at sea in a mega-event like the World Cup.Unadkat, who has only sporadically played for India since his debut in 2010, is suddenly back in contention after a good Ranji Trophy season where he led Saurashtra to the final.Unadkat is a matured bowler now with more variations and an increase in pace. He is also more experienced courtesy his IPL stints.A shoot-out is expected between Pant and Karthik, who are both finishers in their own right. Pant could also double up as the third opener although Rahul is also in contention as he has the team management’s backing.Also Read | Great experience to share dressing room with Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaAlso Read | India and England will start ICC World Cup as favourites: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli would have smashed me out of the park too: Shane Warnelast_img read more

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