Indian pacer Mohammed Shami will leave Australia on Wednesday as per reports on IANS. The pacer was hit on his bowling arm in the second innings of the Adelaide test. After the scans revealed that Shami had a fractured arm, the pacer was ruled out of the remainder of the test series. Either of Navdeep Saini of Mohammad Siraj will replace him in the Boxing-Day test in Melbourne starting from December 26.
A BCCI source updated IANS about Shami’s departure from Australia. The pacer will have to be in quarantine for a short period after returning back to India. He is expected to regain full fitness by the end of January and should be fit for England’s tour of India in February.
Mohammed Shami Adviced Six Weeks Rest
“Shami has been advised six weeks of rest and he will be leaving for India on Wednesday,” a source was quoted as saying by IANS.
Options For Team India
Meanwhile, India have a number of options to choose from as Shami’s replacement for the next test. They have Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini in the test squad. Apart from the two pacers, Shardul Thakur is also available as back up. The team management can include him in the playing XI if they think he can be the likely replacement.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has also left Australia on Tuesday to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Ishant Sharma was already ruled out of the test series even before the series started. Now Mohammed Shami’s injury comes as a body blow for the side with them 1-0 down.
The Indian team will look to bounce back when they take on Australia in the 2nd Test in Melbourne starting from December 26. India lost the first Test by 8 wickets in Adelaide.