AS per reports in ANI, Rohit Sharma will be joining the Indian squad on Wednesday for the remaining two Test matches. He has completed his mandatory quarantine and he will fly from Sydney to Melbourne and will join the team on Wednesday (December 30). The Indian opener was under rehabilitation at the NCA, after he injured his hamstring in IPL 2020.
Rohit Sharma To Join Squad On Wednesday
Rohit Sharma was initially picked in the India Test squad but was not allowed to travel. He was sent to the NCA for rehabilitation and then recovered fit from there. After clearing his fitness, Rohit reached Australia on December 11 and then stayed under the mandatory quarantine period. He is likely to make a comeback in the third Test now that he is available for selection as well.
Meanwhile, India have levelled the series at the MCG winning the second test by eight wickets. They came into this match by losing the first Test match. They were out for their lowest ever score of 36. They bounced back well to win the next Test match in Melbourne and draw level in the series.
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Further reports in ANI also says that the third Test match might also be played at the MCG after Sydney saw a rise in the COVID-19 cases recently. However, no official announcement in this regard has been made as yet. Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO last week said that they have all the precautions in place to make sure that Sydney hosts the third Test. Hockley had said a final decision on the third Test venue would be made during the Boxing Day Test.
“Should the public health situation in NSW render playing in Sydney untenable, CA’s preferred contingency plan is to work with the Victorian Government to play the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground followed by the fourth Test at the Gabba,” CA said.
“We have always maintained that scheduling a full summer of cricket during a global pandemic would require agility, problem-solving and teamwork like never before. We continue to place the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved as our number one priority. The record testing numbers and the drop in new community transmissions in NSW have provided use for optimism, however, if the situation in Sydney deteriorates, we have strong contingency plans in place,” Hockley had said in a statement.