Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja could be ruled out of the first Test against Australia due to a head injury and hamstring injury sustained during the first T20 match. Jadeja, who is on the verge of playing the 50th Test of his career, will be out of cricket for at least three weeks, meaning he will not be able to play the first Test of the day-night in Adelaide starting December 17.
He could also miss the Boxing Day Test, which starts in Melbourne on December 26, due to a serious hamstring injury. According to a BCCI source, under the ICC Connection Protocol, the player is rested for about 7 to 10 days due to a head injury, which will prevent Jadeja from playing another practice match on December 11.
The source further said that it is unlikely that the team will field Jadeja in the first Test without playing a practice match. Therefore, there is a strong possibility that Jadeja may be ruled out of the first Test due to a concussion and a hamstring injury. During the first practice match between India and Australia, a commentator revealed that Jadeja would be out for three weeks due to a concussion.
A board source recently said Jadeja was trying to get out of the connection. But the hamstring takes time to heal. If Jadeja does not play, R Ashwin will be the only spinner in the Indian team who has done well during the practice match. Jadeja has been ruled out of the second T20I match against Australia and has been replaced by Shardul Thakur. In the last ODI, Australian bowler Mitchell Starc’s quick ball hit Jadeja’s helmet. After which he was checked up and was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal for fielding.