Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami (Credits: Twitter)
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Premier India fast bowler Mohammed Shami is considering the IPL 2020 as a platform to prepare for the series Down Under. The first-half of the IPL 2020 has come to an end with each team playing at least seven matches. While Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are languishing at the bottom of the table, Mohammed Shami has shown his brilliance in the tournament.

Shami is among the most improved fast bowlers in the Indian team. He has excelled across formats and proved his mettle in SENA nations. He will be leading the pack of Indian fast bowlers along with Jasprit Bumrah when India tour Down Under. And he is not concerned about the David Warner-Steve Smith threat.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Credit: BCCI

Their absence or presence doesn’t make a difference to me: Mohammed Shami

In absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, India pummeled Australia in their own backyard, recording their first-ever Test series triumph Down Under. But even with their return it doesn’t makes much of a difference for Shami. He said that the longest format of the game is a Test of everything and a player can’t just smash quick-fire innings and go.

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“Their absence or presence doesn’t make a difference to me. Test cricket isn’t short format where they will smash a quick-fire innings and go. A Test is a Test of everything. It will be an enjoyable series. Both teams will be ready,” Mohammed Shami told The Times of India.

Steven Smith, David Warner
Steven Smith and David Warner. Getty Images.

In the 2018-19 Test series, India opened their account with a 31-run win in the first match. However, in the second match, Australia came back strongly to beat India by a big margin and level the series. Subsequently, in the third Test India clinched victory, with the fourth match ending in a draw.

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Cricket Australia are scheduled to host India from December 3 in the bio-bubble. The final Test will conclude on January 7, 2021 which will be followed with a three-match ODI series. The proposed schedule is still subject to confirmation.