Rohit had tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Agarwal will fly out to England on Monday and link up with the rest of the squad this evening. As per the latest rules of the UK government, Agarwal will not be required to undergo any quarantine, and will thus be available to play immediately if required.
Earlier, Agarwal was left out of India’s squad for the Edgbaston Test, but KL Rahul’s injury and doubts over Rohit’s recovery have given a chance to him.
Agarwal played his last Test match in March against Sri Lanka, where he scored only 59 runs in two matches, at an average of 19.66. Later, he captained Punjab Kings in IPL 2022 and had a forgetful season. The batter could manage only 196 runs in 14 matches, an average of 16.33 and a strike rate of 122.5, as Punjab Kings finished sixth on the table.
The rescheduled match is a part of last year’s five-match Test series that had to be delayed after the fourth Test due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.
India lead the series 2-1.