Indian cricket team had their routine life as they returned to practice at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of their match against Australia on Monday. The team had took a rest day yesterday after arriving at Sydney from Brisbane. Even though it was an optional session for the players, the entire team with the exception of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin came out to the middle and practised at full throttle.
Stuart Binny, Axar Patel and Suresh Raina were the first set of batsmen to take a place in the batting nets as Binny kick started the session by facing Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. Binny middled the ball very well and looked in good touch. Raina took throw downs initially before he faced the spinners. He looked aggressive against the faster balls and Axar was up against the slower bowlers including MS Dhoni who bowled some leggies.
Ravindra Jadeja, who is recovering from his shoulder injury, rolled his arm over in the spinners’ net while Ishant Sharma looked very comfortable as he sent down some quick deliveries along with Dhawal Kulkarni.
Shikhar Dhawan, who is in a pale patch of form since the test series batted for a long time against the fast bowlers under the watchful eyes of Coach Duncan Fletcher as he watched Dhawan’s feet movement from short-leg and the video analyst recorded his shots. After facing the quickies, Dhawan moved to the adjacent wicket where he faced the spinners. Dhoni, then made his way with Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu where Ishant and Kulkarni were bowling.
Ravindra Jadeja started to roll his arm over, which could be a good news for the Indian team. Jadeja is all set to be fit at the end of the series after recovering from the shoulder injury. Opener Rohit Sharma is still recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained in the Melbourne ODI.