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Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma set to miss Australia Test series | Cricket News



(This story originally appeared in on Nov 24, 2020)

It may be the end of the road for Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma where the tour of Australia is concerned. Neither of them, as things stand, are likely to make it to the Indian squad to take part in the Test series in December-January.
Mirror has learnt that the two will not be able to recover in time for the four-Test series from December 17 to January 19 in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The two have been undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for different periods and the report is learnt to be not so encouraging.
A meeting of the experts of the NCA is understood to have taken place recently when the fitness status of the duo was discussed and then informally conveyed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), national selectors and the team-management. A formal communication is expected soon.
So, when Ravi Shastri said the duo need to board the flight in 3-4 days to be able to participate in the Tests, he may have given it away.
“He (Rohit) was never going to play the white-ball series, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest, because you can’t afford to be resting for too long. If you need to play in the Test series or any red-ball cricket, you’ve got to be on the flight in the next three or four days. If you aren’t, then it’s going to be tough.
“It’s a similar case (Ishant’s injury) to Rohit. You don’t really know how quickly he’ll be available to fly out. Like I said, if anyone has to play in the Test series, he has to be on the flight in the next four or five days. Otherwise, it’s very difficult,” Shastri told ABC Sports.
The team management is believed to have made it clear that the duo should be sent only if they are fully fit – that is after they’ve achieved the desired fitness levels required for international duty as opposed to that in the IPL, which Rohit played recently.
Besides, they also factored in the 14-day quarantine which means full confinement in Australia. The Indian players, having travelled from the IPL bubble to Australia, are being allowed to practise during quarantine. The same privilege may not be extended to Rohit and Ishant.
Chief selector Sunil Joshi did not respond to a message from this paper.