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Australia vs India: Ravindra Jadeja cleared to compete in third Test in Melbourne

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Amidst the injury concerns that has been haunting the Indian camp, there seems to be some positive news of late with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja being cleared to compete in the third Test.

The four-match series is tied at 1-1 with Australia winning the second contest in Perth by 146 runs.

“All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja complained of a left shoulder discomfort after prolonged bowling spells during the 2018 West Indies ODI series. He underwent a guided injection in Mumbai for this on 2nd November,” said the BCCI on Sunday.

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“This gave Jadeja good relief of his symptoms and he played in the Ranji Trophy match for Saurashtra from 12 to 15 November in which he completed 64 overs without any issues. He was thereby declared fit by the BCCI and selected for the Test series against Australia.

After Jadeja flew to Australia, he then complained of a recurrence of his symptoms on 30th November during the match against the CA XI in Sydney. He was given another injection into a slightly different site on that day. This injection along with his rehabilitation program improved his symptoms.”

There was a revelation from the BCCI that they chose to not risk Jadeja for the second Test after the all-rounder wasn’t able to bowl to his best in the nets.

“In the lead up to the Perth Test match on 14th December, the management and the all-rounder were of the opinion that the intensity of his bowling in the nets could have been higher, to match the standards required for such an intensely fought series. For this reason, he was not considered for selection for the 2nd Test match,” read the BCCI statement.

“Jadeja’s left shoulder has continued to improve and he is now available for the 3rd Test match of the series in Melbourne.”