In another blow to India’s worsening injury crisis, fast bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is set to miss Gabba’s final litmus test.
The Press Trust of India reported on Tuesday that Bumrah suffered abdominal strain during the third SCG test.
“Jasprit Bumrah suffered from abdominal strain while on the pitch in Sydney. He will miss the Brisbane test but should be available against England,” a BCCI source told PTI.
Bumrah, with 11 wickets at 29.36, looks set to join the already massive Indian casualty list this summer, leaving tourists scraping the barrel for the all-important litmus test.
India will also be deprived of the services of Ravindra Jadeja, who was excluded due to a dislocated thumb.
Hanuma Vihari, who bravely withstood an Australian fast bowling barrage to lead India (alongside Ravichandran Ashwin) to a draw, is also in the race to overcome a hamstring tear.
Ashwin is also said to be treating a back pain that would have kept him in bed for much of the morning of the last day of play in Sydney.
Bumrah is the third Indian pacemaker after Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, to be injured in this series.
India stars cop brutal beatings
KL Rahul has already been sent home after being hit hard in a net session, while Mayank Agarwal will be hoping to be in good time for Brisbane after pulling his own shot into the net.
Skipper Virat Kohli has returned to India from the day-night test in Adelaide to be with family during the birth of his first child, while Rishabh Pant received a stinging blow to his elbow while on the crease at halfway through the SCG test.