starts in
days hours mins

India vs Australia | Jadeja Available for Boxing Day Test, Confirms BCCI

Cricketnext Staff |December 24, 2018, 3:47 PM IST
India vs Australia | Jadeja Available for Boxing Day Test, Confirms BCCI

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who wasn't considered for selection for the second Test due to being "only 70-80% fit", will be available for the third match of the series against Australia in Melbourne, it was announced on Sunday (December 23).

While Indian captain Virat Kohli spoke nothing about the injury after India lost the second Test by 146 runs, Shastri earlier on Sunday disclosed that Jadeja wasn't fully fit to feature in Perth.

“Jadeja had taken an injection four days after coming to Australia because of some stiffness in his shoulder,” said Shastri. “It took a while for that injection to settle down. At Perth, we felt he was about 70 to 80 percent fit, and we didn’t want to risk him. If he is 80% fit here, he’ll play."

Supporting Shastri's statements, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) later sent a press release saying that Jadeja had complained of a left shoulder discomfort after the conclusion of the One-Day International series against Windies, but after undergoing a guided injection in Mumbai, the 30-year-old played a Ranji Trophy match for Saurashtra and bowled 64 overs without any issues.

"After Jadeja flew to Australia, he then complained of a recurrence of his symptoms on 30th November during the match against the CA XI in Sydney. He was given another injection into a slightly different site on that day. This injection along with his rehabilitation program improved his symptoms," it was stated in the release.

"In the lead up to the Perth Test match on 14th December, the management and the all-rounder were of the opinion that the intensity of his bowling in the nets could have been higher, to match the standards required for such an intensely fought series. For this reason, he was not considered for selection for the 2nd Test match."

"Mr. Jadeja’s left shoulder has continued to improve and he is now available for the 3rd Test match of the series in Melbourne."

India have also included Hardik Pandya and Mayank Agarwal to the squad for the remaining two Tests of the series which is currently levelled at 1-1. India is still sweating over the fitness of R Ashwin and it looks likely that they will play Jadeja in the third Test, starting December 26.

Related stories

Also Watch

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
see more