The fourth Test against Australia at Sydney which starts on January 3 will be the team's last red-ball assignment for six-months as the focus will turn to white-ball cricket in run up to the 2019 World Cup.
"The fast bowlers workload management is a different issue but in case of some of the Test specialists, we might play them against England Lions. England Lions are coming for a full series where they will play four day Tests as well as List A and T20 matches," a BCCI source was quoted as saying.
It is learnt that the selectors might look at Pujara, Rahane and Prithvi Shaw (expected to be fully fit by then) to play the longer format matches.
As of now, Pujara is expected to feature in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, starting January 15 with Saurashtra currently on topping their group with 25 points.
In case of Mumbai, the chances of qualification are bleak as they have only eight points from five games. Rahane, who is not a part of India's limited overs scheme of things will next play the Mushtaq Ali Trophy followed by IPL for Rajasthan Royals. Pujara has not been picked by any IPL franchise.
India will next play the five-day format in July 2019 against the West Indies in a two-Test series as part of the World Test Championship.
(With PTI Inputs)
First Published: December 22, 2018, 7:26 PM IST