Nov. 25, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
New Delhi: Australia cricket team head coach Justin Langer has said that India opener Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s absence is unlikely to affect the hosts. The two were recently revealed to be ruled out of the first two tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“Not our business, we have got our challenges. We will come together as a group for the first time on the morning of the game. It is up to India what they do and who they choose as we have zero control over things. One thing I have learnt through Covid-19 is that if you get caught up with things you can’t control, you literally go crazy. They can pick whoever they want but we have our own challenges so who they pick (as replacements), we’ll go ahead and face them,” said Langer while responding to a question from IANS on whether the absence of Ishant and Rohit from the first two Tests will affect the Australians.
“We know that (Jasprit) Bumrah is world-class, with (Mohammed) Shami (that is a) really good opening combination. Our guys have seen fair bit of them through the IPL, through the last couple of summers, we’ve played 14 ODIs and it is seven-all. Our guys have seen a lot of each other. That is what I love about the contests. How teams are growing, we have played a bit against each other. We have great respect for their spinners, for Bumrah, Shami, their other bowlers, like (Navdeep) Saini. Our guys know they will be on their toes against the Indian bowling attack. They are working hard, they’ve seen a bit and they’ll be ready for it,” said Langer.
Both Rohit and Ishant are undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy. While Ishant has been ruled out due to a rib cage injury, Rohit Sharma is suffering from a hamstring injury. Both sustained the injuries during the Indian Premier League 2020.
The Border-Gavaskar trophy is scheduled to commence from December 17. The first mactch will be played at Adelaide followed by macthes at Melbourne, Sydeny and Brisbane.