• India announce squads for Australia

    India have confirmed their T20I, ODI and Test squads for the much-anticipated tour of Australia, which gets under way next month.

    Virat Kohli’s men will travel Down Under for three ODIs, three T20Is and four Test matches – India’s first international participation since Covid-19 ended their limited-overs series against the Proteas back in March.

    The noticeable omissions, however, in the India camp are that of star batsman Rohit Sharma and experienced bowler Ishant Sharma, who are both unavailable due to injury.

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    ‘The All-India Senior Selection Committee met via video-conference on Monday to select the Indian Cricket Team for the upcoming Tour of Australia. Team India will take part in three T20Is, three ODIs and four Test matches against Australia,’ the BCCI stated on Monday.

    The tour will officially kick off in Sydney on 27 November, with the first two ODIs taking place at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    The two teams will then head to the Manuka Oval for the final ODI and opening T20I before returning to the SCG to complete the T20I series.

    The Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground, SCG and GABBA in Brisbane will host the four Test matches over the festive period to conclude the tour.

    T20I squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (v-c; w-k), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (w-k), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy.

    ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (v-c; w-k), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.

    Test squad: Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (v-c), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (w-k), Rishabh Pant (w-k), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj.

    Four additional bowlers, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T Natarajan, will travel with the team as backup players.

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