IND vs AUS: 3 Undeserving Players Who Were Picked In India’s Test Squad for Australia. The BCCI, on Friday, announced India’s Test squad for the Australia series which will decide the fate of the ICC World Test Championship Final 2023. Rohit Sharma will be leading the side in the 4-match Test series which will commence on February 09.
Australia are on top of the World Test Championship Points Table, while Team India sits at the 2nd spot followed by Sri Lanka and South Africa. The hosts will have to win 3 out of the 4 matches in the Border-Gavaskar trophy to qualify for the WTC final alongside the Aussies.
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India Test squad for Australia first 2 Tests- IND vs AUS- Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (vc), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.
Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the first Test of the series and Peter Handscomb is also facing a race against time to be fit for the series. The four Tests will be played in Nagpur, Delhi, Dharamshala, and Ahmedabad respectively followed by a 3-match ODI series between the two sides as part of their preparation for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
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Australia Test squad for India tour: Pat Cummins (capt), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.
IND vs AUS: 3 Undeserving Players Who Were Picked In India’s Test Squad for Australia
Rishabh Pant is injured after a road accident and will miss most of 2023 including all 4 Tests in the Border Gavaskar Trophy IND vs AUS Test series. Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat have been included as keepers for the first 2 Tests. However, both are inexperienced and uncapped and the likes of Wriddhiman Saha or Dinesh Karthik should’ve been recalled for Australia is a strong opposition and their experience should’ve come in handy.
Ishan Kishan averages 38.76 in 48 First Class games with 6 tons and 16 fifties amassing 2985 runs. KS Bharat may officially debut in the forthcoming IND vs AUS 4 match Test series. He will replace Rishabh Pant who was badly injured in a road accident on Friday, December 30.
KS Bharat has amassed 4707 runs in 86 first-class games averaging 37.95 playing for Andhra with 9 tons and 27 fifties. KS Bharat replaced Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps after the latter complained of stiffness in his neck ahead of the start of play on Day 3 of the Kanpur Test between India and New Zealand on November 2021 and he took 3 catches behind the stumps.