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Ajinkya Rahane will talk to selectors after Afghanistan Test about preparation for England tour

The Mumbai batsman is not part of India’s limited-overs squad, which is going to the United Kingdom first.

No longer a certainty in the shorter formats, India’s stand-in Test captain Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday said he will talk to the national selection committee in order to get a clearer picture about his mode of preparation for the upcoming Test series in England.

After the one-off Afghanistan Test match, Rahane has nothing to look forward to as he has been dropped from the limited-overs side which is going to UK first. The Test series against England is scheduled to start on August 1 after a limited-overs series featuring three T20 Internationals and an equal number of ODIs beginning July 3.

Asked what will he do for the next one and half months, a normally defensive Rahane let his guard down for a moment. “See, I don’t know what’s going to happen after this Test match,” he said. “But yeah, I will definitely have a word with the selectors.”

Rahane’s indecisiveness was palpable before he again tightened his defences. “I will start my preparation in Mumbai as I always do at the Bandra-Kurla Complex. I always prepare intensely before each and every series but as of now the focus on this Test match. Each and every Test counts and we need to win this one,” Rahane said.

While there are talks that Rahane might play a few games for India A, there’s no official word on the matter.

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