Injury-riddled India delay naming Test XI

India are keeping the fitness of Jasprit Bumrah a closely guarded secret ahead of the fourth Test.
India are keeping the fitness of Jasprit Bumrah a closely guarded secret ahead of the fourth Test.

Multiple injuries continue to cloud India's XI for the winner-takes-all Test in Brisbane, where the cagey tourists are yet to reveal whether spearhead Jasprit Bumrah will be an enforced omission.

Bumrah suffered an abdominal strain during the third Test.

The superstar was widely reported to be ruled out of the fourth Test, which comes after a three-day turnaround that would test the mettle of even a fully fit paceman.

But batting coach Vikram Rathour, who oddly filled in for Ajinkya Rahane during the customary pre-match captain's press conference, was evasive when asked five questions relating to Bumrah and the squad's injury crisis.

"If he can play, he will play," Rathour said.

"The injuries are still being monitored. Our medical staff is working with all the players.

"All these questions we can answer tomorrow morning."

India have named their side a day before the other three Tests in this series.

Ravindra Jadeja (dislocated thumb) will be an enforced omission from the team that salvaged a draw in Sydney, ensuring the four-Test series remained locked at 1-1 for the final Test.

Hanuma Vihari (hamstring) is also expected to be ruled out of the fourth Test.

Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin, who has a sore back, may also need to sit out the match that begins on Friday.

Mayank Agarwal, who loomed as Vihari's obvious replacement, is nursing a hand injury that is likely to scupper his hopes of a recall.

India, mired in an injury crisis, are also unable to call upon Virat Kohli (paternity leave), Mohammed Shami (arm), Umesh Yadav (calf), Ishant Sharma (side), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (thigh) and KL Rahul (wrist).

Rishabh Pant (arm) and Cheteshwar Pujara (finger) will push through the pain barrier but neither player is fully fit.

"The team has showed a lot of character," Rathour said.

The selection headaches follow complaints from India's cricket board about facilities at the team's hotel, and the fact that housekeeping and room service were not initially available.

"I haven't heard any complaints from the Indian players," Australia skipper Tim Paine said.

Rathour rubbished suggestions that the tour's latest controversy would be a distraction.

"You don't need housekeeping or room service to motivate yourself," he said.

Australian Associated Press