Mumbai: India’s all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is unlikely to start in the first week of February for the upcoming home Test series against England. Jadeja is expected to be out of four Tests as it will take more than six months to fully recover from the thumb injury he suffered during the Australia tour.
England will begin their tour of India from 5 February, in Chennai to host the first two Tests before heading to Ahmedabad for the remaining two tournaments.
India recently announced their 18-man squad for the first two matches with the return of captain Virat Kohli.
After the Test, the five-match T20I will feature after the three-match ODI series between India and England but Jadeja will have a call on availability for the reduced format.
While batting during the Sydney Test, Jadeja got his thumb, after which he underwent surgery. He was playing the fourth Test and was also not in the team for the first two Tests against England.
“He (Jadeja) is out of the Test series and it will take more than six weeks to fully recover. The selectors will make a call later, whether to included him in the squad for shorter formats,” The Indian Express quoted a BCCI source as saying.
India squad for first two Tests: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel