Rohit Sharma will fly to Melbourne from Sydney on Wednesday to join up with the Indian cricket team, ANI reported. He will enter the team’s bio bubble ahead of the third Test.
“Yes, he will be flown to Melbourne by CA on Wednesday as the third game is almost set to take place at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) with an eye on the coronavirus outbreak,” an official said.
Sharma was completing his quarantine period in Sydney after arriving in the country on December 16. However due to growing Covid-19 cases in Sydney, Cricket Australia is contemplating shifting the third Test to Melbourne.
Cricket Australia’s interim CEO Nick Hockley had earlier said that the board had contingency plans if the situation in Sydney worsened and seem set to make a move.
Rohit Sharma’s addition to the team will be a big boost to the side who levelled the four match series 1-1 with an eight-wicket win against Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday..
The opening batsman has been missing from action since the IPL final as he has been nursing a hamstring injury and only arrived in Australia after he cleared his fitness test at the National Cricket Academy.
Mayank Agarwal or Shubman Gill could make way for Rohit Sharma for the third Test.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Umesh Yadav is doubtful for the next game and also for the remainder of the four-match series after suffering a calf muscle injury on Monday, according to BCCI sources.