Vikram Rathour: ‘Only in the morning you will know which XI will take field’

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India’s batting coach says the team management wants to give as much time to the players to prove their fitness as they can

In the last three Tests of the series, India named their XI before Australia, a day before the match. Going into Brisbane, they don’t even know if they will have 11 able bodies. Addressing the pre-match press conference, India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour said, though, that the team was not going to make the selection thinking of rain or preserving someone for the England Test series at home, which starts in the first week of February.

“The injuries are still being monitored,” Rathour said. “Our medical staff is looking into them, they are working with the players. I won’t be in a position to comment exactly how it stands at the moment, we would like to give them as much time as we can. It is only in the morning that you will know which XI will take field.”

As it stands now, from the XI that took field in the last Test, Ravindra Jadeja is definitely ruled out. Hanuma Vihari is highly unlikely to be available. Rishabh Pant showed enough signs of recovery with his second innings in Sydney. Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin are doubtful with an abdominal strain and a tweaked back respectively.

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