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India vs Australia: Jadeja sustains thumb fracture, Pant likely to return in Sydney Test


India’s injury woes worsened on Saturday after wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were taken for scans following injuries on the third day of the third Test in Sydney.

According to PTI, Jadeja is likely to be ruled out of the final Test in Brisbane, starting January 15, after sustaining a left thumb dislocation and fracture. However, Pant’s elbow injury is judged to be not serious and he will probably be available for the ongoing Test.

“Ravindra Jadeja has suffered a dislocation and fracture on his left thumb. It will be very difficult for him to wear those gloves and bat,” a senior BCCI source told PTI. “In any case, he will be out of action for at least two to three weeks which rules him out of the final Test. Pant will be able to bat as his injury isn’t that serious.”

Pant was the first to cop a blow when he was hit on the left elbow while batting in the second session and was thereafter taken to the hospital for scans. Wriddhiman Saha, who was dropped from the playing XI after the first Test defeat, put on his wicketkeeping gloves in the second innings on Saturday.

The incident took place when Pant tried to pull the penultimate delivery of the 85th over from Cummins but with the ball not bouncing as much as expected, the southpaw ended up playing over the ball and resultantly missing it.

Pant was in pain immediately and after on-field treatment that included strapping a bandage, he was back in action but lost the flow due to hindered movement as Josh Hazlewood had him caught behind on 36.

The Australian fast bowlers inflicted further pain on the Indians with Jadeja suffering a nasty blow to his left thumb. He is unlikely to bowl in the Australian second innings after being taken for scans to ascertain the damage to his bowling hand.

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Jadeja’s 28-run knock allowed India to limit Australia’s first-innings lead to less than 100 but towards the end, a short ball from Mitchell Starc hit him on the gloves and he needed immediate medical attention.

Jadeja was in pain and once the team was back on the field for the second innings, his left thumb looked pretty swollen and the physio applied taping on it. He threw a few balls but then it was decided that it won’t be possible for him to continue.

Coming into the Sydney Test, India had lost Ishant Sharma (before the series started), Mohammed Shami (forearm), Umesh Yadav (calf muscle), and KL Rahul (wrist) to various injuries. Virat Kohli is on paternity leave.

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