Australia v India T Natarajan Replaces Injured Umesh Yadav In Tourists Squad

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Australia v India T Natarajan Replaces Injured Umesh Yadav In Tourists Squad

India have added left-arm fast bowler T Natarajan to their squad for the final two Tests against Australia with seamer Umesh Yadav ruled out through injury.

Yadav will miss the rest of the series with a calf strain he suffered on day three of the second Test.

Natarajan, 29, made his Twenty20 and one-day international debuts against Australia in December but has not played a Test.

The third Test begins on 6 January with the series level at 1-1.

India seamer Mohammed Shami had already been ruled out of the series after fracturing his arm in the first Test.

Uncapped quick Navdeep Saini and seamer Shardul Thakur are also in the tourists’ squad and in contention to replace Yadav, along with Natarajan.

Batsman Rohit Sharma has completed his quarantine period and is available for the third Test.

India squad

Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan

Having not scored a domestic fifty this season, Burns was not expected to play in the first Test until the injuries to Warner and Pucovski.

The 31-year-old hit an unbeaten 51 in the second innings of the first Test but made scores of eight, nought and four in his other innings – as well as four, nought, nought and one in four warm-up innings.

If Australia hand highly rated Pucovski, who averages 247.5 in the Sheffield Shield this season, a debut, Matthew Wade is likely to move back into the middle order from his role as a makeshift opener.

Selector Trevor Hohns confirmed Pucovski “has been symptom-free for some time” after suffering a ninth concussion of his career – not all of them cricket-related – on 8 December but he must pass a further test before being cleared to play.

Fast-bowling all-rounder Sean Abbott has recovered from a calf strain and has also been recalled to the squad.

Australia v India T Natarajan Replaces Injured Umesh Yadav In Tourists Squad

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