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Ashwin in doubt for MCG Test

Ashwin in doubt for MCG Test

Ahead of the third Test of the four-match series between India and Australia, the Indian cricket team attended the Indian Summer Festival that was held at Yarra Park beside the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

"I think India still has a chance, you know to build on the first two Test matches". The series is now locked at 1-1 after India won the first Test in Adelaide, followed by the hosts taking the second in Perth.

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Former India captain Anil Kumble has put his weight behind Mayank Agarwal to be included in the India playing XI for the third Test of the four match series against Australia, starting Wednesday. "Everybody has to play well", Ganguly said during a promotional programme at a school here. "It's 1-1. The boys know what they can do, what they're capable of and the potential that lies ahead".

"He had taken an injection even in India but he played domestic cricket after that".

"When you look at Perth, we felt (Jadeja) was about 70-80 per cent fit and we didn't want to risk that in Perth", Shastri told reporters.

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"He still felt stiff in the shoulder when he came here and he was injected again, and it takes time to settle". Jadeja, who last played as the lone spinner in a live rubber back in 2014, has been travelling with the team only as a specialist 12th man. "We've learned to take nothing for granted, and to cherish every day we have with him", Schiller's mother Sarah recalled.

But the opening pair of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have struggled for runs and Shastri said that needed to change. "With a Boxing Day Test, being from Victoria, it's going to have to be cut off (to not play)", he said on Sunday (December 23) in Melbourne. The 19 year old could have been the flawless candidate to replace either Vijay or Rahul at the top of the order for the third test at Melbourne.

In order to improve the standard of pitches around the world, ICC had introduced a disciplinary system that would rate the Test the venues as very good, good, average, below average and poor.

Rohit was replaced by spin bowling all-rounder Hanuma Vihari at No 6 in the batting order in Perth.

Jadeja was seen having a long chat with physio Patrick Farhart, and he had a long bowl in the nets, which he has been doing before all the Tests.