Indian Cricket team Tested Negative, Start Outdoor Practice in Sydney

NEW DELHI, Nov 14: The entire Indian cricket team on their tour to Australia, the first official trip since the Corona outbreak other than the just-concluded Indian Premier League in the UAE, has tested negative.

The team had undergone Corona test on their arrival at Sydney after which Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team began their first outdoor training session on Saturday in Sydney, news agency reports said.

The Indian team had started their journey from Dubai a day after the final of IPL 2020. They landed in Australia on Saturday and will remain in quarantine for 14 days. However, Cricket Australia has made arrangements for outdoor training.

Some posts shared by the BCCI showed Hardik Pandya, Prithvi Shaw, Kuldeep Yadav, Hanuma Vihari and Mohammed Siraj going through light training at Blacktown International Sports Park inside the Sydney Olympic Park. Spinner Kudeep Yadav, pacer Umesh Yadav, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and Test batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara were seen warming up. After the outdoor training, the India cricketers spent some in the gym. Pacers Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and T Natarajan were seen sweating it out inside the gym.

All three – ODI, T20I and Test – squads have travelled together for the first time due to the strict bio-secure protocol laid down by the hosts. India is scheduled to play three ODIs, three T20s and a four-Test series on the tour, starting with ODIs from November 27. All three ODIs – the next two being on November 29 and December 2 – will be played in Sydney.

The ODIs will be followed by three T20Is starting from December 4.

The Test series will begin with a Day-Night game at Adelaide from December 17, followed by the Boxing Day Test match at Melbourne.

(Manas Dasgupta)