ADELAIDE, Dec 21: The Indian team management will be keenly monitoring Ravindra Jadeja�s progress leading up to the Boxing Day Test against Australia this weekend as, if fit, the all-rounder could walk into the playing XI in place of Hanuma Vihari.
Jadeja, who suffered a concussion during the first T20 international, also sustained a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the first Test.
However, over the past few days when India were playing the Test match, Jadeja has slowly returned to the nets.
It has been learnt that the senior all-rounder is recovering well but it can�t be said with certainty that he will be 100 per cent fit for the second Test in Melbourne starting on December 26.
But if fit, the axe will fall on Andhra Pradesh batsman Vihari, not because of his low scores in the Adelaide Test but purely based on the best combination that Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Shastri can put on the field.
�If Jadeja gets fit to bowl long spells, then there is no debate at all. Jadeja replaces Vihari on the basis of his all-round skills. Also it gives us an option to play five bowlers at the MCG,� a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Jadeja has 1869 runs in 49 Tests at an average of 35 plus which includes a hundred and 14 fifties. He has struck half centuries in both England and Australia on previous tours.
On the other hand, Vihari, in his 10 Tests, has scored 576 runs with a hundred against West Indies and four half-centuries at an average of 33 plus. � PTI