Cricket-India's Kuldeep says fit-again Jadeja available for third England test

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  • Tuesday, 13 Feb 2024

Cricket - First Test - India v England - Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, India - January 25, 2024 India's Ravindra Jadeja appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of England's Joe Root REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/ File photo

(Reuters) - India's Ravindra Jadeja is making steady progress in training after a hamstring injury and the experienced all-rounder would be available for this week's third test against England in Rajkot, spinner Kuldeep Yadav said on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Jadeja sustained the problem on the fourth day of the first test in Hyderabad which England won and missed the second of the five-match series in Visakhapatnam where the hosts drew level at 1-1 last week.

Jadeja had been recalled to the Indian squad with selectors keeping an eye on his fitness before the third test which begins on Thursday.

"He's doing his routine. He did one session yesterday as well. I think he's available," Kuldeep told reporters.

Jadeja's return could mean Kuldeep or Axar Patel make way, although there is a chance the trio could all feature as batsman KL Rahul is ruled out with a right quadriceps issue.

"I'm not sure about my position because there's still two days to go for the match," Kuldeep added.

"If I get the opportunity I'll be more than happy. I don't think too much about whether I'm playing or not. I just enjoy my day and keep working hard.

"That's my process. The combination matters a lot in a team game. It's as simple as that."

India will be without Virat Kohli for the rest of the series due to personal reasons while England are missing spin spearhead Jack Leach who sustained a knee injury.

The tourists are confident that Rehan Ahmed's visa issues will be sorted out before the match after the young spinner ran into problems following the team's return to India from a mid-series break in Abu Dhabi.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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