T Natarajan has been included in the Test squad for the remaining two matches of the four-Test Border Gavaskar series between India and Australia. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed this. Natarajan has got a place in the team in place of injured Umesh Yadav. Umesh Yadav returned home with an injury during the second Test.
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Hamesh was injured while bowling in Australia’s second innings in the second Test of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, returning from just 3.3 overs. Umesh could not play in the second Test after that. Umesh is the second Indian fast bowler to be ruled out due to injury. Mohammad Shami was ruled out of the tour after an injury in the first match, and Umesh was ruled out of the series after the second Test.
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Apart from this, Rohit Sharma has been announced as the vice-captain in place of Cheheshwar Pujara in the remaining two Test matches. Rohit has joined the team for the last two Tests and is also preparing to play the third match of the series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The third Test will be played from January 7. The series is now 1-1. The first Test match was played in Adelaide, which Australia won by 8 wickets and the second Test match was played in Melbourne, which India won by 8 wickets.