India’s long list of injury-enforced absentees for the upcoming Fourth Test against Australia has extended with gun fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah the latest to be ruled out.
Bumrah has succumbed to an abdominal strain, joining Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja on the sidelines, while Hanuma Vihari is expected to also miss the final Test due to a hamstring issue.
Australia may have an issue of their own, with young opener Will Pucovski suffering a shoulder injury in the Third Test and missing a long period of the final day.
Cricket Australia said in a statement: “Australian opener Will Pucovski suffered a shoulder subluxation injury while diving in the field on day five of the third Vodafone Test at the SCG yesterday.
“He will continue rest and rehabilitation over the next two days before a decision is made on his fitness for the fourth Vodafone Test match.
“No additional players have been brought into the squad for the final match.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are yet to confirm Bumrah’s absence, but they did put out a statement regarding Jadeja who has a broken thumb.
“Ravindra Jadeja suffered a blow to his left thumb while batting on Day 3 of the third Border-Gavaskar Test that concluded on Monday,” the BCCI said.
“He later went for scans and the results have shown that he has dislocated his thumb. The all-rounder will now consult a hand specialist in Sydney before he returns to India. He will then head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further management of his injury.
“Jadeja will not be available for the fourth and final Test against Australia to be held in Brisbane from January 15-19 at the Gabba.”
Play in the Fourth Test begins on Friday, with the series locked at 1-1.