India vs Australia 2019: Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were seen getting into the groove ahead of the Vizag T20I. The Men in Blue hit the nets a couple of days ahead of the tie and looked to middle and time the ball beautifully. Virat and Rohit are the two main batsmen for India and the nation will expect big things from them when they host the Australians. It is a great opportunity to get a settled squad for the World Cup later in the year. For India, it is their last chance to get some international exposure before the marquee event, whereas for Australia, they will play Pakistan after the series with the Men in Blue. Also Read - BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly Hopes For Reduced Quarantine For Virat Kohli & Co in Australia
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India will host Australia in a limited overs series comprising of a two-match T20I series which will be followed by five ODIs. Kohli will return as the captain of India after missing out the last leg of the series Down Under in New Zealand. Kohli’s return to the mix will lend more solidity and depth in the batting unit. The series begins from February 24.
Meanwhile, allrounder Hardik Pandya on Thursday was ruled out from the upcoming home series against Australia due to an injury. Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been recalled to the ODI squad to replace Pandya, while no replacements were made for the T20I squad.
As per the media release, the right-arm bowler will undergo a strength and conditioning training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru from next week. “The BCCI Medical team decided to rest the all-rounder and let him undergo strength and conditioning work for his lower back at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Mr. Pandya will begin his strength work from next week,” the BCCI said in a statement.