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Team India undergo Test match simulation during training

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
November 17, 2020 19:18 IST
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IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The limited-overs competition awaits them first but Indian players, led by captain Virat Kohli, focussed on next month's Test series against Australia as they practised in simulated long-format match conditions complete with pacers using red and pink balls, in Sydney, on Tuesday.

 

All the top batsmen and bowlers, who are in all the three squads, were seen taking part in the practice session.

The likes of senior pacer Mohammed Shami and youngster Mohammad Siraj were seen bowling to Kohli in a video posted on Twitter by the captain himself.

"Love Test cricket sessions," Kohli captioned the video.

The star batsman will feature in just the opening day-night Test, starting December 17 in Adelaide, before flying back to India for the birth of his first child.

The video showed the players using the centre strip of the ground with proper Test match field and a batsman at the non-striker's end, which is a deviation from traditional net sessions.

Given that the players were kept busy in the recently-concluded IPL for the last two months, the white-ball training has taken a back seat.

Opener KL Rahul playing against the pink ball is an indicator that he could be in line to be picked for the Test series opener in Adelaide next month.

In another video, posted by the BCCI, Shami was seen bowling in tandem with youngster Siraj.

The 30-year-old Shami, who took 20 wickets from 14 matches for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, is a part of all the three squads.

India will rely heavily on him during the four-match Test series starting with the day-night pink ball game in Adelaide.

Siraj, who is only in the Test squad, followed his senior team-mate and was seen sending down a few deliveries as other senior players watched him bowl.

The 26-year-old, who has played one ODI and three T20Is, took 11 wickets from nine matches for Royal Challengers Banagalore in the recent IPL.   

"The master and his apprentice. When @MdShami11 and Siraj bowled in tandem at #TeamIndia's nets. Fast and accurate!," the BCCI tweet read.

On Monday, the star studded batting line-up was seen gearing up for the lively Australian pitches with the traditional tennis ball training after competing on the slow tracks in the United Arab Emirates during the IPL.

The first two matches of the ODI series will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 27 and 29, followed by a game in Canberra on December 2.

The first T20 International on December 4 will also be played in Canberra, while the last two will be played in Sydney on December 6 and 8.

The four-match series begins in Adelaide from December 17.

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