The Sunil Joshi led panel is all set to pick Indian Cricket squads for the upcoming full-fledged tour of Australia. The panel will pick the initial squad for limited overs as well as Test leg of the tour. After Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, this will be first International series of team India. Team India will play 6 – limited overs match (3 – ODIs and 3- T20Is) followed by a four Test series on a 2-month long tour.
With some of the team India regulars struggling with injuries, some new faces set to get a place in the squad. Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are currently nursing their injuries and either or both of Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar might take their places in XI.
Apart from the pace bowling, the selectors will also have a look at spin options, especially in limited overs cricket. With Kuldeep Yadav not in great touch of late, Axar Patel might return to squad after a gap of two years. The left-arm spinner has been in great form in ongoing IPL 2020. Apart from bowling economically, the left-hander has played important cameos lower down the order.
Although, the official itinerary for tour yet to be announced, early reports suggest that the limited-overs lag might precede the Border-Gavaskar Test rubber. The India’s tour Down Under is one of the most-anticipated series for Cricket Australia from economic and the pandemic point of view. The series will not only mark the return of international cricket down under, but also help CA handle the financial crisis raised by pandemic situation.
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