Ravichandran Ashwin will sit out the Melbourne showdown, starting Wednesday, due to injury.
India received a welcome boost with the news that Ravindra Jadeja is fit for the third Test against Australia.
Injuries to Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are hindering India's preparations for the Boxing Day Test in Australia.
Looking to take a 2-0 lead in the Test series, India will be without Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma in Perth.
The bowlers have had the upper hand in the opening Test between Australia and India, but Ravichandran Ashwin is not content just yet.
Australia were reduced to 191-7 as India took control of the opening Test in Adelaide.
Yasir Shah became the fastest man to 200 Test wickets on Thursday. We take a look at the men he has beaten to that record.
The manner of West Indies' resounding defeat in the first Test came as a shock to India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
West Indies succumbed to a hammering by an innings and 272 runs as India took the 14 wickets they needed on day three of the first Test.
For the first time in 39 Tests under Virat Kohli, India are unchanged for a Test which they must win to keep the series alive.