Melbourne, December 30
Star batsman Rohit Sharma today joined the Indian team here after completing his two-week quarantine in Sydney, bolstering the tourists who are on a high after scripting an incredible comeback in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia.
Chief coach Ravi Shastri said the medical team will look at how Rohit is physically after quarantine before a call is taken on his inclusion in the playing XI for the third Test against Australia in Sydney. The third Test will start on January 7.
Teams not to travel to Sydney before January 4
The Indian and Australian teams will continue to train here for a few more days and travel to Sydney only three days prior to the third Test. Usually, the teams land in Sydney on the eve of the New Year but due to a spike in Covid cases, the players and officials will stay here for a longer period. “Players will be in Melbourne for a few more days, training there and moving up to Sydney a couple of days ahead of the Test match,” CA chief executive Nick Hockley said. — PTI
India retain 2nd spot in ICC Test rankings
Dubai: India retained their second spot in the points table of the ICC World Test Championship. India have 390 points and a 72.2 percentage of points (PCT). Australia continue to occupy the top spot despite losing the second Test to India. They have 322 points with a 76.6 PCT. New Zealand are third, with a PCT of 66.7. PTI