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Abrar Ahmed ruled out of second Test against Australia

Abrar Ahmed’s symptoms have significantly improved, and he has started bowling at 50 per cent intensity. 

Although he has worked really well since his diagnosis in Canberra, he still is not 100 per cent asymptomatic. 

Considering the nature of the injury and the workload required from a spinner in a Test match, Abrar is not yet ready and will therefore not be available for the second Test.

He will undergo a preliminary fitness test on 25 December, which will determine his probable return-to-play date.