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No Sarfaraz Khan, KL Rahul & Jadeja Return; India’s Probable Playing XI For 3rd Test Vs ENG 

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As India gear up for the third Test against England, the squad faces some significant changes and uncertainties. The absence of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja in the previous match altered the team dynamics, but their potential return poses new possibilities for the playing XI.

Rahul and Jadeja, sidelined due to hamstring and quad injuries respectively, are awaiting fitness clearances. Their inclusion would inject experience and depth into India's lineup. Rahul, likely to replace Shreyas Iyer, strengthens the middle order, while Jadeja's all-round prowess adds balance.

However, India's pace bowling department has seen its own share of fluctuations. Mohammed Shami's absence due to an ankle injury has opened the door for Mohammed Siraj's return, who was rested from the Vizag Test. With Jasprit Bumrah's workload management under consideration, the seam attack is under scrutiny.

Moreover, the speculation surrounding Virat Kohli's absence adds another layer of intrigue. While initially rumored to miss the first two Tests due to personal reasons, it's now confirmed he won't feature in the series. This absence places added responsibility on Rohit Sharma and Co.

India’s Probable Playing XI vs England for 3rd Test:

Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rajat Patidar, Ravichandran Ashwin, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohd. Siraj.

The probable XI for the third Test includes Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shubman Gill at the top, with Rahul slotting into the middle order alongside Rajat Patidar. The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel remains intact, while KS Bharat takes the gloves.

The return of Rahul and Jadeja, pending fitness clearances, suggests a more settled lineup for India. Their presence would not only bolster the team but also alleviate concerns stemming from recent injuries. However, the management must tread cautiously, ensuring player fitness and workload management amidst a crucial phase of the series.