4th Test: Question Mark Over Bumrarh & Ashwin’s Fitness, Team India Decides Against Announcing Playing 11
File image of Jasprit Bumrah celebrating a wicket with his teammates©BCCI

Unlike previous matches, Team India will not be announcing their final playing XI for the fourth and final as the team management is still keeping a close eye on the fitness of the players. India batting coach Vikram Rathour said that the Indian team’s medical staff is still monitoring the progress of bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and their ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, they will take a final call on their participation in the Brisbane Test on the match day.

With all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari getting ruled out due to respective injuries, India’s injury woes deepened ahead of the final Test against Australia. “The injuries are still being monitored. I think our medical staff is looking at it and is working with all the players. So I won’t be able to comment on the position on how it stands at the moment. We would like to give them as much time as we can. I think it will be tomorrow morning only you will know which XI is going to take field,” Rathour said speaking on the fourth Test to be played at The Gabba.

“We have a lot of injury concerns. The players are still being monitored. Let us see how they react to the process,” he added.

Bumrah, who suffered an abdominal strain during the third Test in Sydney, is a doubtful starter for the series decider. If he doesn’t play, the visitors can bring in Shardul Thakur to join Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini in the pace department.

“The medical team working with Bumrah. We will be able to know tomorrow whether he will be able to play or not,” Rathour said.

With KL Rahul returning home due to a wrist injury and Mayank Agarwal hit on the hand at the nets, India also face a dilemma as they look to bring in someone to replace Hanuma Vihari, who injured his hamstring during the third Test and is unlikely to play as the No. 6 batsman.

There are also concerns over Ravichandran Ashwin’s fitness as he woke up with a back tweak on the final day of the Sydney Test and then suffered a hit on his ribs by a short delivery from Pat Cummins.

Jadeja has already been ruled out with a fractured thumb.

Australia, on the other hand, have already announced their playing XI in which they have replaced injured Will Pucovski with Marcus Harris. Pucovski injured his right shoulder while fielding on the final day of the drawn third Test in Sydney.

The four-match series is currently tied at 1-1 with Australia winning the first Test in Adelaide while India winning the second in Melbourne.

Australia XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (C/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

India Test Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan.