Indian team news: R Ashwin does not bowl at Kia Oval nets
R Ashwin was off-colour at The Ageas Bowl. @Getty

The likelihood of R Ashwin playing the fifth Test between India and England has receded significantly with news that he did not bowl during practice at Kia Oval on Wednesday.

Ashwin was off colour in the fourth Test at Southampton which India lost to surrender the series, and in the match prior to that had been hampered by a stiff groin. He bowled 37.1 overs in the second innings at The Ageas Bowl, taking 1/84.

On Wednesday, when India’s coach Ravi Shastri was asked if Ashwin was 100% fit for the fourth Test, he replied in the affirmative.

Ashwin not bowling in the nets at Kia Oval almost certainly confirms that Ravindra Jadeja will play the fifth Test given that he is the only spinner left in the squad.