India lost their last five wickets for 28 runs on the final morning of the second Test at Perth as Australia powered their way to a 146-run win to square the Test series 1-1.
South African seamer Vernon Philander has been sidelined from the first Test against Pakistan from 26 December.
Virat Kohli recorded his 25th Test century but India failed to overhaul Australia’s first innings score on day three of the second Test in Perth, before a middle-order collapse swung the Test back in India’s favour.
Virat Kohli moved slowly but steadily towards a seventh Test century against Australia on day two of the second Test in Perth.
India won the opening Test of a series in Australia for the first time after claiming a thrilling 31-run victory at the Adelaide Oval.
India pushed through to reach the highest score of the match and then snapped up four Australian second-innings wickets on the fourth day of the first Test in Adelaide to leave the hosts staring down the barrel of defeat ahead of the final day.
India bowled Australia out quickly to take a first innings lead on the third morning of the first Test in Adelaide, after which their batters put in a solid performance as they started building a potentially imposing fourth innings target for their hosts to chase.
Ravi Ashwin’s off-breaks knocked the top off the Aussie top order to leave them reeling at 87-4, before Peter Handscomb and Travis Head helped rescue the innings.
Cape Cobras’ 23-year-old batter Zubayr Hamza has been included in the squad for the Proteas’ three-match Test series against Pakistan, starting at SuperSport Park, Centurion, on 26 December.
A superb century from batsman Cheteshwar Pujara pushed India to 250 for nine on day one of the first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.