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IND vs NZ 3rd ODI: 'I am hoping Bumrah plays in last two Tests against Australia' - Rohit Sharma

IND vs NZ 3rd ODI: India skipper Rohit Sharma is optimistic on the selection of Jasprit Bumrah ahead of the Test series as India prepare to face Australia in a four-match Test series starting February 9 in Nagpur

Reported By : PTI Edited By : Aditya Pimpale | New Delhi
Updated on: January 25, 2023 6:27 IST
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India skipper Rohit Sharma is hoping that pace ace Jasprit Bumrah would return to lead the attack in the last two Tests of the upcoming four-match series against world number one Australia. The 29-year-old Burmah, who hasn't played international cricket since September last year due to a back injury, is not in the India squad for the first two Tests but returned to bowl recently at the National Cricket Academy nets, raising hopes of a comeback in the near future.

Rohit optimistic on Bumrah’s availability for Australia series

"Not too sure about Bumrah, I am hoping he plays next (last) two Tests (against Australia), we don't want to take any risks with him as back injuries are always critical.

We have a lot of cricket coming back after that also," Rohit said here on Tuesday.

"We are in constant touch with physios and doctors in NCA.

The medical team will give him as much time as he wants," he added.

The India captain was speaking at the post-match press conference after leading India to 3-0 ODI series sweep over visiting New Zealand here. Bumrah sustained a lower back stress fracture after the England tour and missed the Asia Cup last year. He was expected to make his comeback with the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, but after being named in the squad, the pacer was ruled out.

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India vs Australia all set for crunch WTC finale

The Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which is also part of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2022-23, will begin on February 9 in Nagpur. The last two Tests are scheduled to be held across the first two weeks of March.

To enhance the team's chances at the T20 World Cup last October-November, Bumrah was rushed to the T20 side during a home series against Australia, where he broke down once again and was ruled out for an indefinite period.

 

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