Ind vs Eng: Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has reportedly been ruled out of the Test series against England, starting February 05. The all-rounder had fractured his thumb in the third Test against Australia in Sydney.
Jadeja had dislocated his left thumb while batting during the first innings in the third Test in Sydney and he underwent surgery in Australia but will need six weeks to recover.
However, as per a report in The Indian Express, Jadeja remains far from being fit for the next two matches of the series too while his availability for the limited-overs assignment against England also remains in doubt.
“He is out of Test series and he will take more than six weeks to recover completely. The selectors will take a call later, whether to include him in the team for the shorter formats,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.
Jadeja, who on Thursday returned home along with the rest of the members of the Indian team, will now travel to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, the BCCI announced the squad for the first two Tests against England on 19 January and have named Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma in it too. Kohli returned from Australia after the first Test while Ishant didn’t travel due to injury. Hardik had been part of the white-ball series on the Australia tour only.
Also, spin-bowling all-rounder Axar Patel has been named in the squad alongside Washington Sundar – who will be competing for the same spot too.
Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel.
Standbys: KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar
Net bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, K Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar
India is scheduled to play four Tests, five T20 Internationals and three ODIs against England starting February 5. The first two Tests will be played in Chennai while the next two will be in Ahmedabad.