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Ashwin and Rohit ruled out of second Test

ESPNCricInfo
13 Dec 2018, 14:42 GMT+10

11:22 PM ET

India will have to tinker with their winning combination from Adelaide with Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin ruled out with back and side injuries respectively. Prithvi Shaw is yet to recover from the ankle injury he picked up during the warm-up game in Sydney.

Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been drafted into the thirteen named for the second Test.

Hanuma Vihari is the like-for-like replacement for the sixth batsman, Rohit. The incumbent openers, KL Rahul and M Vijay, should retain their spots. The final spot will be contested between Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar and Umesh.

The green pitch, "the bounciest possible" according to the curator, has everyone talking, and there might be temptation to play a fourth quick. However, there might also be grounds for playing a bowler who can bat. Bhvuneshwar has to be the frontrunner in that case.

If India do go in with four frontline quicks, it will not be the first time they have done so this year. They played four fast bowlers plus Hardik Pandya on the brutish Johannesburg surface earlier this year, winning the Test after having lost the series.

Captain Virat Kohli was reminded of that Test when he looked at the pitch at the new Perth Stadium, but said he had never played on anything like the Wanderers track. That experience, he said, also gave them belief - "We are excited more than nervous looking at such pitches" - they can double the lead in Perth. Holders of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, they could book its return flight if they do so.

Squad Virat Kohli, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav

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