With just a few hours before the start of the 4th Test between India and Australia, there is still no clarity over Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s availability. The pace bowler was seen in some pain during the 3rd Test and then it was said that he is ruled out of the Brisbane Test due to an injury. But nothing was confirmed. Now Team India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour has given an update availability of Bumrah for the 4th Test.
India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour said that the medical team is working with Bumrah and they will have to see tomorrow whether he is fit to play the fourth Test or not. Rathour made it clear that if Bumrah gets the game, he will definitely play. If you do not play, you will not play.
At the same time, Rathour made it clear that Bumrah’s injury is still being monitored. He explained that India’s medical staff is watching the pace bowler right now. According to Rathour, he is not in a position to comment on Bumrah’s fitness right now. The team wants to give the medical staff as much time as possible. He said that everyone will know tomorrow with which playing XI India are going to take the field.
India has been continuously plagued with injuries in the tour of Australia. Ishant Sharma was ruled out before the Test series while M Shami and Umesh Yadav got injured during the Test series. And now concerns over Bumrah’s fitness has put India in a deep trouble as there are no senior pace bowlers left in India’s squad. India’s options include Mohammad Siraj (2 Tests), Navdeep Saini (1 Test), Shardul Thakur (1 Test) and TNatarajan (yet to make debut).
So if Bumrah isn’t fit, India will be forced to go with M Siraj, N Saini and either of S Thakur and T Natarajan.
Meanwhile, Australia have announced their playing XI. Opener W Pucovski is ruled out due to injury and M Harris replaces him.
Australia’s XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (capt & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
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