Cricket-India’s Yadav to miss final two tests with calf injury

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NEW DELHI, Dec.31 (Reuters) – Fast Indian Umesh Yadav will miss the last two tests against Australia with a calf injury, ESPNcricinfo reported on Thursday.

Yadav only played 3.3 overs in Australia’s second leg in Test Two before limping as India tied the series 1-1 with an eight-wicket victory in Melbourne.

A spokesperson for the Indian team could not immediately provide an update on Yadav’s injury, but ESPNcricinfo said the 33-year-old would miss matches in Sydney and Brisbane.

Yadav’s absence would further impoverish India’s pace attack, leaving Jasprit Bumrah as their team’s only quick front line.

Veteran fashion designer Ishant Sharma missed the tour with lateral strain while Mohammed Shami was sidelined after breaking his forearm while hitting on the first down in Adelaide.

Shami’s replacement Mohammed Siraj impressed on his Melbourne debut where he picked five wickets and proved his ability to play long spells.

In Yadav’s absence, Shardul Thakur, who made his test debut against the West Indies last year, is expected to be given the green light for the third test in Sydney from January 7.

Tourists are already without a regular skipper Virat Kohli, who returned home after the opening test to witness the birth of his first child.

India, led by replacement skipper Ajinkya Rahane, received a boost when opener Rohit Sharma joined the squad on Wednesday after serving his two-week quarantine in Australia.

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