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Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin before the start of the tour game against Leicester on Thursday. Image Credit: Courtesy: BCCI Twitter

Leicestershire: Premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who missed the flight to England after testing positive for Covid-19, on Thursday joined India’s Test team here ahead of the much-anticipated rescheduled fifth Test against England to be held in Edgbaston from July 1 to 5.

While there was no formal announcement by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about Ashwin’s arrival in England, the pictures shared by the board’s official handle on Twitter ahead of Day 1 of the team’s practice match against Leicestershire confirmed the development.

In huddle

In the picture, Ashwin can be seen in the team huddle along with other players at Leicestershire County Club Ground.

The off-spinner had earlier failed to board the flight from Mumbai on June 16 along with other members because of a positive Covid-19 result. Jayant Yadav was kept as a standby, but Ashwin recovered from the virus and has now joined the team.

Team India, led by Rohit Sharma, are currently playing their four-day practice match against Leicestershire. It will be the only warm-up game for the Indian team before the Edgbaston Test against England, which is the postponed fifth game of the series of last year. India lead the series 2-1.