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"I Won't Be Available Until..", Hardik Pandya Reveals When He'll Make His Test Comeback

image-lfc012pgPandya played his last Test in 2018 [Source: Twitter]

India's stand-in skipper for the first One-Day International against Australia today, Hardik Pandya, has clarified his views about his Test future. Speaking ahead of the Mumbai ODI, Pandya said he would only play Test cricket after earning back his spot in the XI.

Back injuries have forced the all-rounder to stay away from Tests, despite having a decent start to his red-ball career. In 11 Tests for India, Pandya has scored 532 runs and taken 17 wickets in a year of action. 

Speaking to the media, the Gujarat Titans skipper also ruled himself out of the upcoming ICC World Test Championship Final in June on ethical grounds.

Here's what Pandya stated

"No. I am an ethically strong person. I haven't done 10% to reach there. I am not even a part of 1%. So me coming there and taking someone's place will ethically not go well. If I want to play Test cricket, I'll go through the grind and earn my spot. Hence, for that reason I will not be available for the WTC final or future test series until I have earned my spot."

The WTC Final will take place in June and will see India and Australia fight it out for the Test mace at The Oval.

Meanwhile, India, under Pandya's captaincy, will take on Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series in Mumbai today.