Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma to miss entire Test series against Australia

Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma to miss entire Test series against Australia

As such, even if Ishant and Rohit were to fly out in a day or two, the hard quarantine would mean each of them needing to isolate himself in his hotel room for 14 days.

The four-Test series, after the day-night opener in Adelaide, will move to Melbourne (December 26 to 30), followed by games in Sydney (January 7 to 11) and Brisbane (January 15 to 19). While Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the tournament, Rohit made a comeback towards the end of the league stage and led the Mumbai Indians to their fifth IPL title.

File image of Ravi Shastri. The two have been undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for different periods and the report is learnt to be not so encouraging. As per reports, head coach Ravi Shastri hasn't been communicated about the duo's availability.

"He was never going to play the white-ball series, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest, because you can't afford to be resting for too long", Shastri said. "If you aren't, then it's going to be tough".

Shastri said that even Ishant's case is similar and he would also need to play at least one practice game before he can be considered for Test. "So there's absolutely no reason to say that Rohit did not want to play the red-ball series", Boria said. "Otherwise, it's very hard", Shastri told ABC Sports.

The BCCI and CA understandably are trying to take the "exemption" route for Rohit and Ishant, as the Australian cricket body negotiates with the Australian government.

As for the fast bowling, India already have Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj in their Test squad.

After arriving in Australia, both players, who are now at NCA in Bengaluru, will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

He also has 748 ODI and 417 T20I runs, however, he is yet to make his Test debut. Rohit and Ishant have been the frontrunners in all recent Indian successes in the red-ball format of the game and are now undergoing rehabilitation for their respective injuries at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images. According to a BCCI functionary, Rohit would have had a better chance of featuring in the Test series had he flown directly to Australia with the other squad members from the UAE. The speedster was earlier ruled out of IPL 2020 due to a rib cage injury after playing a solitary game.

Rohit, while talking to PTI last week, had stated that his hamstring injury is fine now and he is only working on strength and conditioning to be battle-ready at the NCA. He played the final and scored a half-century but looked in discomfort.

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