KL Rahul to miss England Test, Hardik Pandya in line for captaincy during Ireland T20Is

Senior opener KL Rahul is all set to miss the 'fifth' Test against England in Birmingham next month

as he is unlikely to recover from a groin injury that forced him out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa.

In another development, Hardik Pandya is likely to captain the white-ball squad in Ireland as Rishabh Pant, 

who is currently leading the T20 side, will join the Indian Test squad in UK only after the South Africa series.

"Rahul has not recovered from his groin injury. The Test squad members are assembling in Mumbai today 

and will fly out midnight. Rahul is not travelling with the team. He will take some more time to recover 

although he might appear in a fitness test during the weekend. Chances of recovery aren't looking bright,

a BCCI official privy to development told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

All the players, except Pant, are leaving for England early Thursday for the July 1-5 contest, notable being skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.