The Indian cricket team has begun light outdoor training after the entire squad tested negative for Covid-19 in Sydney on Saturday. The entire team took off from the UAE after the commencement of the Indian Premier League.
Indian test batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, along with head coach Ravi Shastri and coaching staff departed arrived in UAE on October 25-26 to join the rest of the Indian squad who were participating in the IPL. From UAE, the 25-man squad reached Sydney in Australia on Thursday. The entire squad and the coaching staff were tested for Covid-19. So far everyone has tested negative and are in a two-week quarantine but are allowed to train.
The Indian team will need a lot of practice and training as they have a long and tough tour against Australia. Also considering the quarantine and present situation across the world, it will not be easy for the players mentally. However, keeping this in mind, Cricket Australia (the Australian cricket board) will be trying to their best in making sure that the Indian team is comfortable during their stay in Australia. Some of the Indian cricketers are accompanied by their families.
India will play their first ODI against Australia in Sydney on November 27. The second ODI will be also played in Sydney on November 29. They will then play the third ODI in Canberra on December 2.
This will be followed by the T20 series which will commence in Canberra on December 4. The second T20 will be played at Sydney on December 6 and the third T20 will also be played in Sydney on December 8. On December 6, India A team will be playing their first 3-day practice match in Sydney. On December 11, India A will play their second 3-day practice match in Sydney ahead of the Test series commences.
The Border-Gavaskar Test Series will commence with India’s first Day-Night Test match at Adelaide on December 17. The second Test aka The Boxing Day tests will be played at Melbourne on December 26. The third Test will be played in Sydney on January 7 and the final test match will be played in Brisbane on January 15.