Australia vs India: Bumrah, Shami Unlikely To Play All White-Ball Games


New Delhi: Bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami might not play all the upcoming six white-ball games against Australia.

If sources is to be belived the team management would like to keep them battle-ready for the four-Test series starting December 17.

India are starting their two month tour of Australia with three ODIs followed by as many T20 Internationals — to be played between November 27 to December 8 in Sydney and Canberra.

The first red ball warm-up game at Drummoyne Oval will be played between December 6-8. However, India’s second and third T20 Internationals will be coinciding with the first warm-up game for the Tests.

There is a school of thought that with Bumrah and Shami both being integral to India’s Test match plans, the management (head coach Ravi Shastri, captain Virat Kohli and bowling coach Bharat Arun) will not risk playing them in six back to back games in only 12 days.

“If both (Bumrah and Shami) play the T20 Internationals (on Dec 4, 6 and 8), then they will have one warm-up match less which I don’t think the team management will fancy at this moment,” a source said.

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