Team India will start training for 3 ODIs, and as many T20Is before four Tests from November 13 onwards as sources in the know of developments in the Indian team indicated that with the squad reaching on Nov 12, they would undergo corona test and the moment the report comes negative, they can start training.
There have been a lot of discussions on whether the Indian team can be allowed to start training in Australia even though the quarantine period cannot be relaxed with an eye on the coronavirus pandemic.
Team Will Be Eligible To Train From November 13 If Found Negative: Sources
Virat Kohli’s Indian team will be delighted with the news that they can hit the ground practicing after one round of COVID-19 test after reaching Australia.
Sources knowledgeable about the developments in the Indian team confirmed while speaking to ANI that with the squad reaching on November 12, they will undergo corona test and can start training as soon as the report is negative.
“The team reaches Australia on November 12 morning and after that, they will undergo corona tests and the moment they have negative reports, they are eligible to train so you can expect the boys to start training from November 13 onwards,” the source said.
With the stringent bio-bubble measures in place in the post-coronavirus era, the team is also expected to play intra-squad matches as the Indian players will look to adapt to the wickets and conditions in Australia at the earliest.
Almost all of the Indian team players baring Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari spent almost 2 months playing in completely contrasting conditions in the Indian Premier League in the UAE where the wickets were slow unlike wickets in Australia which offers bounce and suits bowlers more than batsmen most of whom were successful in conditions in UAE.
Virat Kohli Moves Into Bubble For Indian Cricketers After RCB’s Elimination
Skipper Virat Kohli moved into the bubble created for the Indian players in Dubai late on Friday night after his team Royal Challengers Bangalore were eliminated after losing to SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator of the IPL. The likes of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul of KXIP who were eliminated early had already started preparing with Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari once their respective campaigns ended in the ongoing IPL.
The Indian squad started preparations for the day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide from Friday evening itself with pink balls. Even though one of their throw-down specialist Raghu had to skip travelling to the UAE with the rest of the support staff as he is down with coronavirus, the team has another throw-down specialist in Sri Lankan Nuwan Seneviratne.
His left-arm throw-downs are something that will help the Indians prepare for the Australian pace unit which is led by Mitchell Starc and consists of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
To help the Indian batsmen optimize their training sessions, the team is also taking four additional bowlers who were part of IPL teams- Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel, and T. Natarajan to Australia.
India and Australia will play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests against each other in Australia. The Test series will be a part of the World Test Championship. India and Australia are currently placed at the number one and two spots in the World Test Championship standings.
The last time India toured Australia, the Virat Kohli-led side managed to win their maiden Test series Down Under with David Warner and Steven Smith, notable absentees.