Ravichandran Ashwin has failed to regain fitness ahead of the fourth and final Test against Australia at Sydney. A final call on his choice will be made on Thursday morning. India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday confirmed that the 32-year-old, that has missed the past two Tests due to a side strain, has failed to recover his fitness ahead of the final Test. Earlier, the visitors have mastered the spinner, but later reversed their decision on exactly the same.
“It is unfortunate that he’s had two niggles which are rather similar in the last couple of away tours. It is something he will concentrate on to fix,” Kohli was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
India declared the 13-man squad for the final Test where Ashwin was named. The BCCI, in a statement, said that a final call on Ashwin’s availability will be taken on Thursday morning.
The Indian captain additionally added that Ashwin’s absence is going to be a huge blow, especially with Sydney pitch known to be helpful to spin bowlers. “The physio and trainer have spoken to him about what he must perform. He’s very important for certain. In Test cricket, he’s a vital part of the team and we wanted him to be 100 percent fit for a longer period to that he can return to us at the Test format. He’s very disappointed he’s unable to recover in time,” Kohli said.
India will need to make two changes from the side that played at MCG, together with Rohit Sharma flying back to Mumbai after his wife gave birth to a girl. Ishant Sharma, who struck 3 wickets in the past Evaluation was also
not contained in the 13-man squad, on account of the discomfort, he felt in his left rib cage.
Australia’s Tim Paine followed closely said the hosts were waiting to finalize their team — one of the concerns being if the Indians played two spinners in a floor that traditionally gives something for its slow bowlers. “Pete could be a critical player for us,” Paine said. “We know how great a player of spin he’s. That is one of those discussions we’ll be having today if we believe India goes that way and if they’re, are we prepared to bring him back in.”
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