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A selection meeting is scheduled to take place tomorrow, with Jasprit Bumrah's workload being a key consideration.

Jasprit Bumrah bowling during a match.
Jasprit Bumrah has already bowled 58 overs in the ongoing series.

The national selection committee is set to meet within the next 24 hours to finalize the squad for the remaining three Tests against England, with Jasprit Bumrah's workload management being a key focus. Bumrah has already bowled close to 58 overs in the series, second only to R Ashwin. Despite his heavy workload, Bumrah has been the leading wicket-taker in the series so far, highlighting his importance to the team's bowling lineup.

Initial discussions considered resting Bumrah for the third Test and bringing in Mohammed Siraj as a replacement. However, subsequent deliberations among key figures like captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid, and chief selector Ajit Agarkar have led to a re-evaluation of this decision. The consensus now leans towards retaining Bumrah, especially considering the pitch conditions in Rajkot, which historically favor pace bowling.

As the team's vice-captain, Bumrah understands his responsibilities and the importance of securing victories, especially in the context of World Test Championship qualification. The final decision on Bumrah's participation will be announced along with the squad selection.

Meanwhile, there are promising updates regarding the recovery progress of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, both of whom missed the second Test in Visakhapatnam. Rahul's return to the side seems likely, while Jadeja's inclusion depends on the assessment of his hamstring injury by the team management.

Despite these potential inclusions, the squad will be without Virat Kohli, who has taken a leave of absence for the entire five-Test series due to a family emergency.

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