Fit-again Jadeja available for 3rd Test vs Australia

India with 2 injury concerns ahead of 3rd tes...

Nathan Lyon with 16 wickets in two Tests have been India's chief tormentor so far and Kohli praised the off-spinner for his effort.

And Kohli offered only a frosty handshake at the end of the game, which Australia won to level the series 1-1, refusing to meet Paine's eye in a move blasted by some as disrespectful. "This year, the Test series is great".

Paine said he was not annoyed "in the slightest" by Kohli.

The third Test begins at Melbourne from Wednesday while last and the final will be played in Sydney, starting from January 3.

Before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, Shastri revealed India were hamstrung by a shoulder injury to spinner Ravindra Jadeja who flew into Australia unfit.

"With regard to MS, even while resting also, we categorically told that he was going to be rested for those six matches so that we an give more game-time to Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. I think this a very balanced team for this Test and I am very hopeful that they can turn it around and win this one".

When asked about Jadeja's on-field spat with Ishant Sharma that was caught on camera during the second Test, the coach replied,"I am never surprised (by such coverage)".

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"That accountability has to be taken by the top order and I'm sure they've got the experience, they've got the exposure over the last few years to get out there and deliver", he said.

Also noted was the fact that despite reportedly not being fit enough to play, according to Shastri, Jadeja was still selected in the 13-man squad and spent significant amounts of time on the Optus Stadium turf as a substitute fielder in Perth.

The Indian board can't overlook the squandered opportunities and simply allow Kohli and Shastri to remain bombastic in front of the media even as opponents walk away with the winners' trophy.

India quick Jasprit Bumrah remained confident about his team's position, but said the morning session on day four would be pivotal. He was perfectly fit when he was with us. He underwent a guided injection in Mumbai for this on 2nd November. He then improved to the point he was able to play for Saurashtra without discomfort, but complained of a flare-up after touching down in Australia.

Two other slots within India's XI appear to be up for grabs. However, the Indian skipper believes that the team will approach the MCG Test as a fresh start and hence, past results won't have a bearing.

Shastri said Jadeja's "recovery has taken more time than expected".

"It is not often will you find that a team is travelling overseas and it is 1-1 in the series with two Test matches to go". So the boys know what they can do and what they are capable of.

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