Jadeja injured out of final test in Australia

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Sydney (AFP)

India’s Ravindra Jadeja on Monday added to a growing list of injuries for tourists after being excluded from the fourth test in Australia due to a dislocated thumb.

Jadeja was hit in the thumb by a bouncer for Australian paceman Mitchell Starc as he punched in his team’s opening innings in Sydney. The third game ended in a draw with the series tied 1-1.

“Ravindra Jadeja suffered a blow to the left thumb while hitting on Day 3 of the third Border-Gavaskar test which ended on Monday,” India’s Cricket Control Council said in a statement.

“He later went for scans and the results showed he had dislocated his thumb. ”

Jadeja, who scored a 28 fight and didn’t need to beat in the second inning, will consult with a hands specialist in Sydney before returning to National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Jadeja’s exit is yet another blow to India in the series of four tests that will end with a game in Brisbane from January 15.

The tourists have already lost fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma to injuries as batsman KL Rahul was ahead of Game 3 with a sprained left wrist.

India held on to Monday’s matchday five draw with Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari healing a hamstring injury, scoring 62 points on 256 balls, helping India 334 for five and safety at the end of the match.

Batting goaltender Rishabh Pant, who took a nasty elbow hitting in the opening innings and failed to keep the wicket on Sunday, hit a 97 offensive.

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