India vs Australia Test Series : Indian team coach Ravi Shastri is worried about Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma’s availability for the test series against Australia. Both the players are currently recovering from injuries in National Cricket Academy and Shastri reckons that both need to be on the flight to Australia in next 4-5 days or they will miss out on the test series beginning in Adelaide, on December 17.
“Rohit is going through some tests at the NCA,” Shastri said, in a chat with Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Sunday. “They will decide on when he could be back, but things could get difficult if we have to wait for too long (speaking about the 14-day quarantine in Australia). It could become tough for him to come just before the Test series. Similar is the case with Ishant who’s also at the NCA.”
“Rohit was never going to play the white-ball leg of the tour, we needed to know how long he needed to rest, but you can’t afford a long period of rest. If he’s going to play red-ball cricket in the build-up for the Tests (as with Ishant), they need to be on the flight within the next 4-5 days. If one can’t, it’s going to be tough (talking about selection for the Test),” Shastri further added.
India tour of Australia : Why Rohit & Ishant are yet to catch a flight to Australia?
Rohit, India’s vice captain and first-choice Test opener is currently nursing hamstring injury at NCA. Ishant is also in the same boat as he missed IPL with after suffering an abdominal muscle tear. According to Shastri, amid strict quarantine norms in Australia if will be difficult for Rohit and Ishant to make it to the team if BCCI does not put them on flight in next 4-5 days.
While the white-ball members of the squad take on Australia in the second Twenty20 international, the Test specialists and the fringe members begin their preparations for the Test series with a three day game against Australia A in Sydney, on December 6.
They are then slated to play a pink-ball warm-up game against the same opposition from December 11 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The second warm-up game is expected to feature a full-strength India line-up and the players who are part of this game could well be playing in the first Test, which will be played under similar conditions. If Rohit and Ishant are to feature in the tourists’ line-up for the first Test, it becomes critical for them to be out of quarantine in time for the second warm-up game.