Ashwin, Jadeja doubts for third Australia Test

Virginia Santiago
December 28, 2018

Vihari along with debutant Mayank Agarwal will open the innings in the Boxing Day Test against Australia after the team management finally lost patience with the out-of-form duo of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay. "If he is 80 per cent fit here (Melbourne), he will play", said Shastri.

"It (Jadeja's recovery) has taken longer than we expected and we wanted to be careful". He has got loads of runs for India A. He is someone who has come through the ranks and when you look at his domestic record, his performances are as good as anyone.

On Sunday, opener Aaron Finch, who retired hurt in the Perth test after being hit on his right index finger, said he would be a certain starter in Melbourne.

When asked about the series level, Kohli said what has happened in the past has no significance at all to what is going to happen in the upcoming Tests.

"It s not often that we ve been in a position where we ve won one (on an overseas tour)".

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AAP revealed on Friday that match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated the second-Test pitch as average.

He is a very good bowler. It's a big thing for a spinner to bowl that well and be consistent in Australia. So we have to have our plans against such a bowler so that we can also explore scoring options because if he is allowed to bowl at one spot for a long time, he becomes even more unsafe. "So that is the very reason and now they have played quite a few matches so we thought we should now bring back Dhoni into the squad", he said.

"That's the Australian way of doing things as well".

He described him as "not only the world's best batsman but also the world's worst behaved player", with the mass-circulation Hindustan Times saying it articulated what many Indian cricket fans had been thinking. We have put that effort in practice and what would matter is how we execute it on the field. It's all about what worked for me where I am comfortable not necessarily looking at how hard the wicket is. That's our effort - if we have been dismissed in a particular way, not repeat that mode of dismissal. As cricketers, you always try to not get out the same way. "Fortunately, we have done that in the first two Tests and hopefully it continues this week as well", Starc added. The people who know me, you can ask them. "There is a good coverage of grass, which should keep the surface intact", Kohli seemed hopeful.

"I need five bowlers and the fast bowlers are exhausted".

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"Pandya coming here gives you an option (of playing five bowlers) but he has not played much first-class cricket".

Handscomb is the only change to Australian side for the Boxing Day test against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"It's awesome (as an occasion)".

Spinning all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja comes into the side after recovering from a shoulder issue. So I have experienced that twice before. It is nice to get a youngster kind of energy that you need.

"He hasn't got a title at the moment and his fielding is like a gazelle". If we are totally convinced stepping on to the park that we can do it, then we can definitely do it.

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