first_imgIndia suffered two major injury blows on Thursday as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were ruled out of the second Test against Australia.Ashwin suffered a left-side abdominal strain, while Rohit jarred his back in the field during the first Test.Both players weren’t named in the 13-man squad announced for the Perth Test starting Friday (December 14). India lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 31-run victory over the hosts at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been included in the squad while all-rounder Hanuma Vihari replaces Rohit.Fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have retained their placed in the squad.This is the second big injury blow for India ahead of a Test match on this tour after opener Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the Adelaide Test due to an ankle injury he sustained during the warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI.Shaw continues to be out of the playing XI with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul holding on to their opening slots.Injury updates from BCCI:”Prithvi Shaw is recovering well from his left ankle injury but still undergoing treatment. He has been ruled out of the second Test.”R Ashwin has a left-sided abdominal strain. He is receiving treatment at the moment. He has been ruled out of the second Test.”Rohit Sharma jarred his lower back while fielding in the 1st Test at Adelaide. He is undergoing treatment. He too is ruled out of the second Test.”The team management is closely monitoring these players and a call on their availability for the third test will be taken at an appropriate time,” BCCI said in a statement.advertisementMeanwhile, The curator at the Optus stadium in Perth seems to have lived up to his promise of producing a fast pitch for the second Test between India and Australia starting Friday.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a picture of the pitch on Thursday and from the first glimpse it looks like fast bowlers are going to have a terrific time in the Test match.Thoughts on the Perth Pitch? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/FQuUwRG3YtBCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2018The wicket is covered in a thick layer of grass, so much so that it seems difficult to distinguish between the pitch and the outfield.India reached Perth on Tuesday and were expected to prefer rest over intense training sessions over the next few days. However, quite a few from the visiting camp turned up for an optional practice session on Wednesday.Perth – We are here! #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/AHeGmgKVVQBCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2018As it turns out, India trained at the iconic WACA Stadium, which has produced some of the fastest wickets in the past. Captain Kohli was spotted at the nets at the WACA along with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and opener Vijay.So were the trio of Vihari, Parthiv Patel and Umesh which was benched for the first Test in Adelaide.India 13-man squad for 2nd Test: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.Also Read | India vs Australia: Perth pitch curator unveils a green-top wicket for 2nd TestAlso Read | To hell with nets? Not really. Team India sweats it out in PerthAlso Read | Have to be switched on from ball one against India’s bowlers: Marcus HarrisAlso Read | India a formidable opposition in tough conditions. Australia beware in Perth!last_img