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Being In Bio-Bubble Means Less Time To Travel: Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins has been named the vice-captain of Australia’s ODI and T20I squad for the limited-overs leg of the Australian tour, and he said that he feels fresh ahead of the big series that kicks off with the first ODI taking place on November 27th in Adelaide.

Australia pacer Pat Cummins, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2020 in the UAE, believes that being a part of the bio-secure bubble has benefited him ahead of the upcoming series against India.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL

Pat Cummins: Benefits Of Being In Bubble Means Less Time Travelling

Cummins scored 146 runs with the bat besides taking 12 wickets with a best of 4/34 in 14 matches in IPL 2020.

“One of the benefits of being in a bubble in the UAE was we didn’t spend much time traveling,” Cummins was quoted as saying by

“A normal IPL we’re on a flight every second day, different city, so I think sometimes that can be as draining as the playing part,” he added.

Pat Cummins KKR
Pat Cummins KKR. Photo Credit: IPL/Twitter.

“No doubt as well, the six or seven months we had at home (during the winter) put us in a pretty good place leading into the England tour and IPL. Coming in fresh to those tours it doesn’t feel like the end of the summer, it feels like I’m ready to start the tour and in a pretty good place,” the fast bowler further said.

Pat Cummins played in 30 Tests, 67 ODIs and 30 T20Is so far where he has picked up 143, 108 and 37 wickets respectively averaging below 30.

Pat Cummins: Hopefully Pitch Conditions Will Be What Australians Are Accustomed

Pat Cummins further said that he hopes the Australia surfaces gives a tough time to India batsmen with more pace and bounce on offer. Moreover, Virat Kohli will miss the last three Tests due to attend birth of first child.

Australia will be further bolstered by return of David Warner and Steve Smith in tests, both of whom were missing for serving one year ban for ball tempering offence during India’s maiden win in Tests on Australian soil last time India toured Australia in 2018/2019.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (Image Credit: Google)

“If it happens I’ll be happy,” Pat Cummins said. “Hopefully the (pitch) conditions will be what we as Aussies are accustomed to. Hopefully they’ve got a bit more bounce and pace than you would a place like India so that home advantage might come into it,” he further added.

India will play three ODIs, as many T20Is and four Tests against Australia which starts from November 27.

Greg Chappell.
Greg Chappell.

‘Influential’ Virat Kohli Loves Test Cricket, And Has A Big Say In Indian Cricket – Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell, former Australian captain, who also served as the head coach of India from 2005-07, said current Indian skipper Virat Kohli is ‘one of the most influential players in world cricket’ who is not afraid to express his opinions. Virat Kohli averages more than 50 in each of the three formats.

Greg Chappell was infamous for his spat with the then captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly during his tenure as coach in 2005 which led to Ganguly’s exclusion from the squad after captaincy snub. India performed poorly in World Cup 2007 which subsequently led to Chappell’s ouster as a coach while Ganguly came back strongly and even scored a double century- his first in Tests.

Sourav Ganguly, Greg Chappell
Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Greg Chappell: Virat Kohli Is Most Influential Player In World Cricket

Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain surpassing predecessors MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. He has 33 Test wins in 55 matches better than MS Dhoni’s 27 in 60 matches.

“I think he’s certainly one of the best players and one of the most influential players in world cricket at the moment,” Chappell told ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ according to PTI.

Greg Chappell
Greg Chappell. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“He has strong views, he’s quite happy to speak those views, he’s quite happy to put himself out there and back himself to back up his words,” Greg Chappell said.

Virat Kohli has played 86 Tests, 248 ODIs and 82 T20Is and he has 27 Test and 43 ODI centuries. His total of 70 international centuries is next only to Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 international centuries.

Greg Chappell: Virat Kohli’s Interest In Tests Means India Will  Be A Force To Reckon With In Tests

The 72-year-old Australian great said it augers well for Test cricket that an influential player like Virat Kohli enjoys playing the longest format of the game.

“He loves Test cricket and while he’s playing India will treat Test cricket with respect because he has a big say in Indian cricket. That’s a good thing,” Chappell further said.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credits: AP

Greg Chappell also highlighted that as long as a captain like Virat Kohli is leading in Tests, they will continue to be a force in the longest format of the game.

“If you have a captain of India who is not interested in Test cricket that will impact the scene. Virat loves Test cricket, he champions Test cricket, and while that’s happening India will play Test cricket,” he added.

Virat Kohli, who led India to their first-ever Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, however, will only be available for the first of the four-match Test series. Virat Kohli will fly back home after the end of the first day-night Test match in Adelaide to be with his wife Anushka Sharma, who is set to give birth to their first child in January.

Team India. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Team India Begins Training In Australia

Indian team on Saturday began outdoor training while gearing up for challenging Australia tour with a light session after the entire contingent tested negative for COVID-19.

Several cricketers who recently competed in the Indian Premier League in the UAE, including Mumbai Indians Hardik Pandya, Delhi Capitals Prithvi Shaw and Bangalore’s Mohammed Siraj, attended the session at Blacktown International Sports Park inside the Sydney Olympic Park. The BCCI posted pictures of the outdoor training and a gym session on its Twitter handle.

Australia Cricket Logo
Australia Cricket Logo. Photo Credit Getty Images.

Indian Team Begins Outdoor Training

Indian team began outdoor training after all of them tested negative. The tour will consist of 3 ODIs,3 T20Is and 4 Tests. India had won previous Test series which was their maiden one last time they toured Australia in 2018-2019. IPL ended on November 10, and the team flew to Australia from Dubai amidst stringent rules involving biosecure bubbles which have become mandatory in the Covid-19 era.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav, pacer Umesh Yadav, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, pacer Shardul Thakur and Test batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara were seen warming up.

Indian Team's Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

India’s newest pace sensation, T Natarajan, and Deepak Chahar were also seen in the pictures. Yorker specialist pacer T Natarajan replaced uncapped spinner Varun Chakravarthy in T20I squad after the latter was ruled out due to injury.

Indian Team Serving 14 Day Quarantine Period In Australia

The Indian team is currently serving a 14-day quarantine period, and members have cleared the initial COVID-19 test successfully, according to information received.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also posted a picture from his Twitter handle with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzendra Chahal (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Team India is scheduled to play three ODIs, as many T20Is and a four-Test series on tour, starting with T20Is from November 27. The Test series will begin with a Day-Night encounter with pink balls at Adelaide from December 17.

Skipper Virat Kohli will miss the last three matches as he will be on paternity during that time to attend the birth of a first child while unfit Rohit Sharma was added latter to test squad after a successful recovery from a hamstring injury.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Virat Kohli Becomes The Indian Captain With The Most Test Runs Against Australia.
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Cricket Australia: 50% Of Capacity Crowd Will Be Allowed At Adelaide

Cricket Australia on Tuesday announced that only 50 per cent of the total capacity of the crowd will be allowed to enter the Adelaide Oval to watch the upcoming day-night Test between India and Australia.

India are set to travel in Australia for a full-fledged tour later this month comprising of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests. Adelaide Oval will host India’s first overseas Day-Night Test pink balls, which will be also their second pink-ball Test after Bangladesh match at Kolkata.

Cricket Australia And BCCI
Cricket Australia And BCCI

Cricket Australia : Sydney, Canberra And Adelaide To Hold 50% Of Capacity Crowd

Cricket Australia on Tuesday announced that only 50 % of the total capacity of the crowd will be allowed to enter the Adelaide Oval. India and Australia will play against each other in three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests. The first Test will be a day-night Test with the pink ball and it is slated to commence from December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.

“The SCG, which is set to host ODI and T20I matches and the Pink Test this summer, will hold 50 per cent of total capacity, as will Canberra’s Manuka Oval for their ODI and T20 international matches and the Adelaide Oval for historic Day-Night Test match starting December 17,” said Cricket Australia in its official release.

Australia's Adelaide day-night cricket test against India
Australia will play at Adelaide day-night cricket test against India

India and Australia will battle it out in the ODI series first, and the first match will be played on November 27. Canberra and Sydney will be the venues for white-ball limited over series. The Tests will be played at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. India won the last time when the two teams met in Tests in 2018/19 in Australia which was their maiden Test series win in Australia but the hosts are back to full strength with additions of David Warner and Steven Smith.

Cricket Australia : Boxing Day Test At Melbourne Will Hold At Least 25% Of Capacity While Brisbane Will Hold At Least 75 % Capacity Crowd

Cricket Australia has also clarified that at this stage, the Boxing Day Test (December 26-30) between India and Australia is set to hold 25 per cent of the total capacity crowd at Melbourne while the fourth Test at Brisbane will hold 75 per cent of total capacity.

“At this stage, the Boxing Day Test is set to hold at least 25 per cent of total capacity across Public, Member and Corporate tickets, equating to 25,000 fans each day of the Test. The Gabba is set to host crowds at 75 per cent of venue capacity for the fourth and final Test of the series, starting on January 15, 2021,” CA said in its release.

On Monday, the BCCI made a few changes to its squad that already announced earlier for the series against Australia. Virat Kohli was granted paternity leave and as a result, the skipper will return to India after the first Test match and will miss last three Tests.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rohit Sharma has been added to the Test squad, while he has been rested for the white-ball leg of the tour. Uncapped spinner Varun Chakravarthy will miss out due to shoulder injury and pacer T Natarajan is his replacement in T20Is. Sanju Samson has been added as a back up wicket keeper in ODIs. BCCI are monitoring injuries of Wriddhiman Saha and Ishant Sharma, who will be added to Tests if found fit.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Tighten Up Security To Protect Their Baby Girl From The Public Eye
Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

Virat Kohli’s Choice To Leave After 1st Test Must Be Admired: Nick Hockley

Virat Kohli’s decision to leave the series after the conclusion of the first Test match in Adelaide should be respected as he wants to attend the birth of his first child according to CA interim Chief Executive Nick Hockley.

Virat Kohli’s unavailability was on cards ever since the pregnancy was announced said Nick Hockley besides adding that CA was working hard on pushing crowd limits for India tour.

Virat Kohli and Anushka
Virat Kohli and Anushka

Virat Kohli Granted Paternity Leave By BCCI

In a release on Monday, BCCI said that Virat Kohli has been granted paternity leave to attend the birth of his first child after playing the 1st test in upcoming Australia tour. After the commencement of the extravagant IPL 2020 in UAE, the Indian team will fly for the much-anticipated tour of Australia on November 11 or November 12, which starts with a 3-match ODI series from November 27.

The Virat Kohli-led team is set to leave for the Australia tour comprising of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests this week and will undergo a strict 14-day quarantine period in Sydney where they will also be training for their upcoming matches after undergoing tests and if found negative. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced a revised squad for all the three formats- ODI, T20I and Test series in Australia after receiving injury reports and updates from the BCCI Medical Team.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

The highlight of BCCI’s latest team update for Australia tour was the absence of captain Virat Kohli from the last 3 Test matches of the 4-match series as his wife Anushka Sharma is expecting first child.

BCCI informed that, “At the selection committee meeting held on October 26th, 2020, Mr Virat Kohli had informed the BCCI about his plans to return to India after the first Test in Adelaide. The BCCI has granted paternity leave to the Indian captain. He will return after the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.”

The absence of the Indian skipper can be a big blow in Team India’s quest to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, while fans in Australia might also be disheartened.

Virat Kohli has a love-hate relationship with the Australian public which is not a hidden fact and his presence would have generated an increasing interest amongst the fans abroad. But CA interim Chief Executive Nick Hockley has backed Indian skipper’s decision to take paternity leave and said that the board always knew that the batsman’s unavailability was always on cards since the news of pregnancy came in.

“I think when the pregnancy was announced it was always on the cards and we have to respect the fact he wants to be there for the birth of his first child,” Nick Hockley told Australian radio station SEN on Tuesday.

Notably, Virat Kohli is expecting the birth of his first child in January 2021. The other decisions were the inclusion of Sanju Samson as a backup keeper in ODIs and inclusion of Rohit Sharma in Test squad. Varun Chakravarthy’s shoulder injury forced BCCI to replace the spinner with pacer T Natarajan in T20Is.

CA Looking To Increase Capacities In The Stadiums During Series

Further, Nick Hockley added that Cricket Australia was also exploring other options like increasing crowd capacities in the stadiums for the upcoming blockbuster series between the two sides. He also asserted that maintaining safety will be the key. This will be the first full-fledged series of India after the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re going to give all priority to safety but we’ll continue to work with the authorities to see if we can’t increase those capacities a bit as we move forward,” he said.

Nick Hockley
Nick Hockley

India are at the top of ICC World Test Championship Table with 360 points followed by Australia who have 296 points. Last time, when the two sides met in Australia, India had won the 4-match Test series in 2018/2019 by 2-1 with Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara scoring more than 500 runs. But Steven Smith and David Warner were the notable absentees since they were serving a year-long ban for ball-tampering allegations.

Rohit Sharma, Test opener

Rohit Sharma Added To India’s Squad Against Australia For Four Tests

Rohit Sharma has been added to India’s Test squad for the upcoming four-match series against Australia, the BCCI confirmed on Monday.

The limited-overs opening batsman was not named in any of the three squads in any format for the tour when the BCCI announced the teams last month for Australian tour consisting of three ODIs, as many T20Is and four Tests.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: IPL)

Rohit Sharma’s Exclusion Was Due To Hamstring Injury

The reason behind his exclusion was the hamstring injury he had sustained on October 18 while playing against Kings XI Punjab which saw him not playing next 4 games.

With the tour more than a month away from beginning in November at the time of the squad announcement, the selectors’ decision made many believe that Rohit Sharma’s injury was serious.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: Photo Credit: Twiter/IPL.

However, Rohit Sharma sprung a big surprise by returning to the nets just minutes after the announcement of the squad before getting back to action in the ongoing IPL 2020 in last league match against SRH and Qualifier 1 against Delhi. He has already played two games without any trouble since returning from the injury and will lead Mumbai Indians in the final too against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday.

Rohit Sharma Was Included In India’s Test Squad After Consultation With Him

With Rohit Sharma showing no signs of trouble in his hamstring in those two matches since his return, the BCCI has added him to the Test squad. However, the board has decided against putting too much pressure on him and has thus rested him for the limited-overs ODIs and T20Is in Australia as a precautionary measure.

“The BCCI Medical Team has been monitoring Rohit Sharma’s fitness and has briefed All-India Senior Selection Committee on the same. In consultation with Mr Sharma, it has been decided to rest him for the ODIs and T20Is in Australia to regain full fitness and he has been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” the BCCI stated on Monday.

BCCI, Domestic Circuit,
It’s a logo of the BCCI. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Having someone of Rohit Sharma’s calibre in the squad would be a big boost for Team India for the challenging tour. The star batsman had impressed in Tests last year after being promoted as an opener. He was asked to open the innings during the home series against South Africa as well as Bangladesh.

In his first Test as an opener, he scored a century in both the innings before scoring a double century against the Proteas.

Unfortunately, he missed the two games in New Zealand earlier this year due to a calf injury and will be looking to make his mark in Australia. Skipper Virat Kohli will play only the first test and will fly back to India for paternity leave.


Rohit Sharma Not To Fly With India Teammates On November 11

Rohit Sharma will not be flying with the rest of the team on November 11 and is expected to join them later with an eye on the four-match Test series that commences once the limited-overs series consisting of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is conclude. India won the Border Gavaskar Trophy by winning 4 match Test series 2-1 which was their maiden win in Australia in 2018-2019.

Rohit Sharma is expected to travel to Australia later ahead of Test series, and he is currently preparing for the IPL final on November 10.

Virat Kohli With Border Gavaskar Trophy
Virat Kohli With Border Gavaskar Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Rohit Sharma Will Be Part Of Tests In Australia

Indian opener and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is set to be a part of the Australia series that follows the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. But he will join them later. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments in the Indian team said that the batsman will need a little more time before he can go full throttle.

“He will definitely be a part of the Australia series, but most likely for the Tests. Don’t think with the rehabilitation time and the quarantine period in Australia, he will be able to make it in time for the limited-overs series,” the source said.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: IPL)

While the bilateral series against Australia gets underway with the limited-overs series, Virat Kohli and boys are also set to play four Tests against Australia which will be a part of the World Test Championship and the winner gets one step closer to the final which is expected to be played at the historic Lord’s in June 2021.

India Will Battle It Out Against Australia In 4 Match Test Series From December 17

India are sitting on the top of the points table in the Test Championship, and Australia are second, as it is expected to be a thrilling contest with the first Test set to be played under lights with pink balls from December 17 to 21 at the Adelaide Oval.

The second is the Boxing Day Test which will be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26 to 30. The third Test will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 7 to 11 and the final Test at the Gabba in Brisbane from January 15 to 19.

India retained the coveted Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia.
India retained the coveted Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. Photo Credit: Mark Evans/Getty Images)

The Indian team is set to leave for Australia from Dubai on November 12 and will land in Sydney where they will be undergoing quarantine and will also train for the ODI series which gets underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground from November 27 once their reports are negative. India won their maiden Test series in Australia by 2-1 in 4 tests last time in 2018 to 2019 as Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara scored 521 runs.

Rohit Sharma, who missed 4 matches in IPL 2020 due to hamstring injury is currently preparing for the final of the IPL as Mumbai Indians get ready to take on Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: Twitter.

BCCI Selectors Should Have Included Rohit Sharma For Australia Tour: Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag, former Indian dashing opener believes that BCCI should have included hitman Rohit Sharma in the Australian squad. If they were concerned about his injury, they should have sent a replacement alongside him. Rohit Sharma missed 4 games for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 owing to a hamstring injury. Still, he regained his fitness and has played two games for MI now against SunRisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals.

This has led to confusion among fans and experts regarding the reasons behind his non-inclusion in the India squad for Australia. Virender Sehwag recalled an incident before the 2011 World Cup to explain his point when he required shoulder surgery which would have meant him missing the World Cup. Virender Sehwag recalled that the BCCI officials insisted on delaying the surgery for his inclusion in World Cup as he was rehabilitating and taking injections.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Google)

Virender Sehwag Cites Example From His Career When His Surgery Was Delayed For His Inclusion In 2011 World Cup Squad

Virender Sehwag cites an example from his career when his surgery was delayed as the then coach Gary Kirsten advised him not to do surgery as the team wanted him for 2011 World Cup and instead, he was doing rehabilitation.

“If a statement has gone from MI physio that we are not sure how long would it take for Rohit Sharma to get fit, and the team has been created keeping this statement in mind, then even I have nothing to say. You get an idea if you are a top player,” Virender Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.

“Let me give an example from my career. Before the 2011 World Cup, I was having problems with my shoulder. When I got scanned, so there was a tear in my bicep tendon, and I needed to get a surgery done.”

Gary Kirsten
Gary Kirsten. Photo Credit: BCCI.

“I could not have gone without doing that. So I told the BCCI and Gary Kirsten to convey that I need to get a surgery. This happened in December 2010. They should take a call if they want to include me in the World Cup squad or not, because if I get a surgery done in December, I will not be ready for the World Cup.

“The call was in Kirsten and BCCI’s hands and they said that ‘no, you get the surgery after World Cup, we will play you till then’. So I played Test cricket, but did not play ODIs before World Cup. Because I wanted to avoid getting more injuries. I kept doing rehab in the interim and also went to Germany to get injections. Everyone knew about this,” Sehwag further said.

In fact, India lifted the 2011 World Cup under MS Dhoni, and Virender Sehwag was a key member in the World Cup which India won after a hiatus of 28 years. Virender Sehwag scored 175 in the first match against Bangladesh off 140 balls including 14 boundaries and 5 sixes. Virender Sehwag scored 380 runs in 8 matches averaging 47.5.

Virender Sehwag: Rohit Sharma Should Have Been Selected As A Replacement Or A Replacement Should Have Been Sent Alongside Him

Rohit Sharma wasn’t considered for selection in any of the three formats- ODIs, T20Is and Tests as the squads for all the three formats were named. But he played in the last league match and Qualifier 1 for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 but didn’t contribute much.

“So, similarly, everyone might be knowing about Rohit Sharma’s problems – the selectors, the physio, coaches. Still, he could have been selected for the Australia tour. If he doesn’t get fit, then we will send in this player as a replacement or will send a replacement alongside him keeping the biosecure bubble in mind,” Sehwag said.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: IPL)

“Then we would not be having this discussion. So I don’t understand why he was kept out of the squad. If he is fit, and he plays the final, will the selectors have a similar stance? Then you are not keeping a good India batsman in the team – for what reason, no one knows,” the former India opener signed off.

India are to play three ODIs and as many T20Is besides four Tests for the tour Down Under which commences November end. KL Rahul returned to the Test fold while Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini were named in Test squad while Rishabh Pant was omitted from the white ball squad. Sanju Samson and uncapped Varun Chakravarthy were included in the T20I squad.

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