Shreyas Iyer allegedly has a back ailment and will not be able to play in the first match of the Test series against Australia, which would be a huge blow to Team India’s preparations. But the Mumbai batsman should be fully recovered by the second Test and beyond. Iyer first declined to play in the ODI series against New Zealand, and then it was suggested that he get rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Iyer’s injury has not fully healed, and it will take him two weeks before he can “play cricket again,” according to Indian Express.

He will need at least two weeks to resume playing cricket since his injury hasn’t healed as quickly as anticipated. He won’t be available for the first Test, and the second Test’s availability will depend on his fitness report, a source informed the publication.

As India prepares for the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy, experienced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is allegedly planning to join the team after establishing his dominance in the Ranji Trophy as part of his Australia series warm-ups.

When Saurashtra faced Tamil Nadu in their final group-stage match in Chennai, Jadeja led the team’s bowling attack. The great all-rounder bowled over 42 overs in the thrilling Ranji Trophy encounter in last week’s second innings, taking seven wickets. Since having surgery on his right knee in September, Jadeja has not played for India in any international cricket matches.

Jadeja will rejoin the Indian Test team in Nagpur ahead of this week’s first Test of the Border-Gavaskjar Trophy between Australia and the host nation India, according to a report by ESPNCricinfo. Jadeja will do his last set of fitness assessments once he gets back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Jadeja must demonstrate his match fitness before being included in the 17-man roster. The 34-year-old has participated in 60 Test matches for India.

In India’s last Test series against Bangladesh, Iyer had an average of 101.00. The 28-year-old has scored 624 runs for India in 7 Test matches at an average of 56.73. Shubman Gill and uncapped Suryakumar Yadav are the favorites to play in the series opener against Australia if Iyer is unable to retain his spot. On February 9, the first of the four tests for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin at Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.