India vs Australia 3rd Test – Will Rohit Sharma be included in playing XI ? Indian cricket fans have waited for his comeback with bated breath. After completing is mandatory quarantine Rohit is joining the Indian camp on Wednesday. The Hitman is back with the team but will he be back in the playingXI for the 3rd test ?
According to information available, Rohit has completely recovered from his hamstring injury. Still team’s medical team will take Rohit’s fitness test on Friday and post that it will be decided whether he is fit to play the 3rd Test match or not.
India coach Ravi Shastri declared on Tuesday that the team management will have a chat with him about how he feels before taking a call on his availability.
“Rohit joins the team tomorrow. We will have a chat with him to see where he is placed physically because he has been quarantined for a couple of weeks. We will have to see now how he feels before we take the call,” said Shastri.
In case Rohit is declared fit on Friday – who he will replace in the XI ?
Mayank Aggarwal’s below-par performance in the two tests has open gates for Rohit to straight away walk into the Indian team playing XI subject to his fitness.
Mayank has just managed 31 runs in 4 innings of Adelaide and Melbourne test with highest score of 17. Whatever little time, Indian opening batsman from Karnataka has spent in middle – it could be termed as very uncomfortable.
In comparison, Shubman Gill who made his debut in the Melbourne test has looked very impressive during the two innings he has got in the middle. It’s clear Gill with innings of 45 and 35* not out will be persisted as India’s opening choice even in the 3rd test – but Agarwal is likely to lose his place to Rohit Sharma.
Where exactly the 3rd Test will be played ?
Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that the Pink Test between Australia and India will remain at the Sydney Cricket Ground as scheduled.
“The decision to keep the New Year’s Test at its traditional venue was made after several days of meetings that considered the impacts of the recent COVID-19 outbreak on the northern beaches of Sydney,” Cricket Australia said in a statement. Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, said that health advice from the NSW Government and collaboration with both the NSW and Queensland Governments had informed Tuesday’s decision.