• Kohli to miss majority of Australia tour

    India skipper Virat Kohli will return from Australia following the completion of the opening Test after being granted paternity leave.

    The two nations will square off in an exciting tour of ODI, T20I and Test series, which will get under way with three 50-over matches on 27 November.

    Kohli, whose role as skipper and anchor batsman in the middle order is significantly important to the Indian team, will however fly back to India after the first red-ball fixture in Adelaide.

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    In a statement, the BCCI on Monday said Kohli requested to return home to be with his wife during that time and will subsequently miss the remaining three Test matches of the tour.

    ‘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 BCCI said.

    In further announcements, Rohit Sharma has been added to the Test squad after successfully recovering from injury after initially being omitted from the group. Sharma, though, will captain the Mumbai Indians in the IPL final on Tuesday.

    ‘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 statement added.

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