Ishant Sharma, one of India’s most experienced pacers is all likely to play the first test for India on December 17. However, a final decision by National Cricket Academy (NCA) is yet to come, as they are still to choose the players for different formats who will play in the series.
India’s prime Test bowler Ishant Sharma is all likely to play India's first Test of the Australia tour. Sharma, who missed the IPL owing to a muscle tear, is all expected to join the test match in Adelaide. The news surfaced as opinionated by the National Cricket Academy (NCA), headed by legendary Rahul Dravid.
As per NCA letter to BCCI, NCS was positive of Ishant’s recovering well from his injury and even ideated that he might resume bowling practice from November 18. With regular practice sessions then-on, he would most likely be fit to play the Day-Night Test in Adelaide against Australia on December 17.
Accounting for all precautionary measures for the senior pacer, NCS said that Sharma would need to play at least one practice match before he is declared ready to bowl in the Tests.
Rahul Dravid headed NCA is yet to give a final call on this decision on Monday when the Indian selection committee is expected to announce the squads for the Australia tour comprising three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests. Considering the reports submitted by Cricket Australia to the BCCI, the tour will start on November 26 and end on January 19 as of now.
Cricket Australia will work closely with its government to deploy all precautionary measures of quarantine and safety in order to conduct the safe tournament amid the raging pandemic. CA and the BCCI are in constant talks to chart out the final schedule of the tournament. However, it has been decided that the Indian team will be travelling to Sydney immediately after the IPL which will finish on November 10, where they will contest the ODI and T20I series against Australia.
Last Updated 26, Oct 2020, 7:00 PM