India have been dealt a big blow on the eve of the second Test against Australia, with star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma ruled out.

Looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series, India announced on Thursday that the pair will miss the Perth clash due to abdominal and back injuries respectively.

Ashwin – who finished with figures of 6-149 as India prevailed by just 31 runs in a dramatic finale in Adelaide – suffered a left-side abdominal strain.

Meanwhile, big-hitting batsman Rohit jarred his back during the first Test, in which he only amassed 38 runs.

All-rounder Hanuma Vihari and paceman Umesh Yadav replace Ashwin and Rohit in the squad in Perth, where play gets underway on Friday.


India squad: Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Cheteshwar Pujara claimed his first century on Australian soil to rescue India from a top-order collapse and leave honours even on day one of the opening Test.

Rohit Sharma says India must use the confidence gained from a comprehensive 3-0 Twenty20 triumph over West Indies for their upcoming trip to Australia.

Sunday's six-wicket win in Chennai completed the whitewash for Rohit's side, Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) leading India to victory off the last ball.

India have dominated the Windies tour, winning the Test, ODI and T20 series against Carlos Brathwaite's side.

And their performances in the shortest format are something captain Rohit hopes can help them when they face a three-match T20 series with Australia later this month.

"Overall, I am very happy with how we approached this T20 series," he told a media conference.

"There is a lot to take away, we ticked a lot of boxes and particularly I was very happy with the way we fielded.

"Australia is always challenging in terms of going out there and performing, every time you go there you are tested as a player and as a team. 

"We've got to be at our best, but when you win series like this and play like that you are high in confidence, so it's all about taking that confidence to Australia and doing what we've done as a team. 

"Australia will be a different ball game, but the things we've been doing as a team, we've got to keep doing that."

For Brathwaite a 3-0 reverse was embarrassing, but he was still happy with some aspects of West Indies' performances. 

"Team morale is up, what we are doing is finding the best way to use the resources we have," he said. 

"Three-love looks bad, and it's embarrassing for me as captain, but the performances and fight, that we came to together to use our resources to the best of our abilities, was the hallmark of our series for me."

Rohit Sharma struck his fourth international T20 century playing against the West Indies earlier this week.  The score made him the leading T20 century scorer of all.  Today our analysts will be tested on their knowledge of T20 International centuries.

Rohit Sharma created Twenty20 history as his unbeaten 111 helped India comfortably seal the three-match series against West Indies with a game to spare.

India wrapped up victory in their ODI series against West Indies with a comfortable nine-wicket win in the fifth and final match on Thursday.

Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu made imperious centuries as India thrashed West Indies by 224 runs in Mumbai to move 2-1 ahead in their ODI series with one match to spare.

Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay and Parthiv Patel have all been recalled to India's Test side for the four-match series against India, while MS Dhoni has been omitted from the Twenty20 team. 

Virat Kohli hailed the performance of Rohit Sharma as the pair put on a stunning 246-run stand for the second wicket in India's comprehensive ODI victory over West Indies on Sunday.

Windies skipper Jason Holder believes the team put together a decent effort, particularly with the bat, despite going down by four wickets to India in the first One Day International at Barsapara Stadium on Sunday.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made stunning centuries in Guwahati to give India a comprehensive eight-wicket victory in the first ODI against West Indies.

Centuries from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan saw India to a record nine-wicket win over fierce rivals Pakistan that sealed their spot in the Asia Cup final.

Ravindra Jadeja made an immediate impact at the Asia Cup as defending champions India kicked off the Super Fours with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Bangladesh. 

India cantered to an eight-wicket one-day international win over England at Trent Bridge after Kuldeep Yadav dismantled the hosts with a stunning haul of six wickets. 

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