India vs England: Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma return as Natarajan misses out for first 2 Tests
The first two games of the 4-game series are to be played in Chennai before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test.
Jadeja aside, India are also sweating over the availability of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah for the fourth and final Test against Australia starting in Brisbane on January 15.
The selection panel named a jumbo 42-member squad that also has Under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand, Nitish Rana, Pawan Suyal and Manan Sharma.
Rahane spreads calm energy in a pressure situation. There won't be any tension, he'd communicate with the bowlers very well, said the Indian pacer.
Will miss Ishant, no decision on combination: Rahane spells very little ahead of 1st India-Australia Test
India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, however, is confident that despite Ishant Sharma's absence, the pace attack comprising Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will step it up for the Australians.
Australia batsman Steve Smith is of the opinion that Ishant Sharma's loss is going to be 'big' for India in the upcoming Test Series.
The BCCI had earlier confirmed that both Rohit and Ishant have been ruled out of the first two Test matches.
The two, who are undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, have to leave for Sydney before the weekend to be in contention for the Tests. But that appears unlikely.
Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma to miss first two Australia Tests, also doubtful for remaining two: BCCI source
India will be without skipper Virat Kohli after the first Test as he will return to the country to be there for the birth of his first child.
Both Rohit (left hamstring) and Ishant (side strain) are at the NCA undergoing rehabilitation, but the BCCI is yet to announce when the duo would reach Australia.
The Indian squad has already arrived in Australia post the IPL and have started training for the limited-overs series which starts with the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 27.
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The BCCI is monitoring Rohit's progress and there is a possibility that he may play for Mumbai Indians later in the IPL.
While such injuries can sideline a player from a week to two months depending on the grade, indications are that Ishant will not be able to bowl at least for the next three weeks.
Ishant is the second Delhi Capitals player to be ruled out after leg-spinner Amit Mishra, whose campaign ended due to a ring finger fracture sustained during one of the earlier matches.
Delhi Capitals made one change, bringing in fit-again pacer Ishant Sharma in place of Avesh Khan.