Team India Leaves For Australia In Hazmat Suits Without Rohit Sharma
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Team India Leaves For Australia In Hazmat Suits Without Rohit Sharma

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Team India posing before leaving for Australia (Credits: BCCI)

Team India has left for Australia on Wednesday (November 11), the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced. India are scheduled to tour Australia for a full-fledged tour. They will play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests Down Under.

India’s tour of Australia will start with the three-match ODI series. The first two ODIs on November 27 and 29 will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while the third ODI and first T20I will take place at the Manuka Oval. Thereafter, the teams return to Sydney for the remaining two T20Is.

Tim Paine, Virat Kohli
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

As far as the Test series is concerned, the pink ball Test is scheduled to be held at Adelaide Oval between December 17-21. This will also remain as the backup venue for the Boxing Day Test, if Melbourne is not able to host it due to Covid-19 restrictions. The final two Tests will be held in Sydney (January 7-11) finally Brisbane (January 15-19).

Team India leaves for Australia from UAE:

A day after the IPL 2020 ended, Virat Kohli & Co. boarded the flight to Australia. The players were wearing in hazmat suits as they posed together before boarding the flight. As expected, Rohit Sharma was not with the team despite being recently named in the Test squad.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Credits: BCCI)

India’s limited-overs vice-captain has been rested for the ODI and the T20I series as a precautionary measure after the hamstring injury he suffered in the IPL. He will undergo a rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru before joining the team for the Test series.

Along with Rohit Sharma, pacer Ishant Sharma will also join the team later for the Test series. He is also at the NCA for his rehabilitation programme. India will also miss their skipper Virat Kohli for the last three Tests in Australia as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI.

Here is the tweet from BCCI:

 

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