A major development has emerged on Rohit Sharma’s availability for team India against Australia in the last two Test matches as the BCCI will now re-assess his fitness after his quarantine ends in Australia. Notably, Rohit was cleared by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Friday to fly to Australia to compete for team India in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. The bilateral series begins on December 17 as Rohit was already ruled out of the first two Tests.
Rohit was not included in the Indian team in any of the formats when the team was announced for the Australia tour. The BCCI stated that his fitness will be monitored constantly. Indian skipper Virat Kohli had stated in a press conference ahead of the tour that there has been lack of clarity on Rohit’s fitness and the team has been playing the waiting game for long which isn’t good for Indian cricket.
Rohit Sharma To Be Re Assessed After His Quarantine Ends In Australia
Rohit Sharma sustained an injury in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) and ever since the conclusion of the tournament, he had been working with the NCA on his fitness.
The BCCI, in a press release, said, “The NCA medical Team was satisfied with the physical fitness of Mr Sharma after assessing him on different metrics that tested his skills related to batting, fielding and running between the wickets. Mr Sharma’s physical fitness has been satisfactory, however, he will be required to continue work on his endurance.”
“He has been given a detailed programme to follow for the duration of the two weeks he will be quarantined for. He will be reassessed by the Team India medical team post his quarantine to establish his fitness status and a call on his participation in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be taken accordingly,” the statement further read.
Team India To Take On Australia In The Test Series From December 17
The India team’s Test campaign against Australia will begin from December 17 as the first Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval. The first Test will be a Day-Night Pink-Ball Test match, which will be the first Day-Night Test match between India and Australia.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli will return back to India after the first Test as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI. The odds are level in the tour so far as both the teams have gone on to win 3 games each on the tour so far.