IND vs AUS 4th Test: Mohammed Shami set to return in playing XI for next Test, rank turner unlikely for final Test | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: India’s oldest speedster Mohammad Chami is expected to feature in the playing XI for the final Test against Australia in Ahmedabad, from March 9 after being rested for workload management during the Indore game.
The Indian team management, in consultation with the medical staff, has decided to space out the pace bowlers, who will also play regularly in the IPL and are part of the ODI World Cup plan.
Therefore, Shami, who had played the first two Tests and is also part of the ODI squad, was rested for the third game. In his place, Umesh Yadav was recruited as second point guard after Mohammed Siraj.

Mohammed Shami (photo PTI)
With Siraj needing just 24 overs in the first three games and likely to feature in all three ODIs from March 17-22, he is likely to sit out the final game at Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera.

Shami, who has been both teams’ leading pacer with seven scalps in 30 odd overs he has played, will be needed on a dry Motera surface which could be conducive to the reverse swing.

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India currently lead the four-Test series 2-1 but must win the final game to overturn Sri Lanka’s away series result against New Zealand.

GCA CURATORS HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY GUIDELINES FROM TEAM INDIA
Holkar Stadium in Indore has previously been criticized by ICC match referee Chris Broad for preparing a ‘poor’ track and at the moment Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) probably won’t risk its reputation by cooking up something evil that will get a red eye from the game’s governing body.

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“We have not received any instructions from the Indian team management and our local curators are preparing a normal track as we have always done throughout the season,” a state association source said. at PTI.
“In fact, in Ranji’s last game here in January, Railways scored over 500 (508) at bat first and Gujarat, despite losing innings, scored over 200 in both sleeves. It won’t be too different this time,” he said.

There are still 96 hours left for the test match to start and it is unclear what will happen once BCCI conservatives Taposh Chatterjee and Ashsh Bhowmick take over.
“Obviously, in recent days, the BCCI pitch and pitch committee gave instructions to the local curator. But certainly, from our side, our effort is to produce a good test match pitch,” the official said.
The last time two test matches were held in Ahmedabad during the COVID-19 pandemic, the day/night match ended in just under two days.
“You have to take into account that the day/night test and the one that followed were the first ones organized after the renovation of the stadium and you had no idea how the ground would play out,” he said. added.
KOHLI AND HIS WIFE VISIT MAHAKALESHWAR TEMPLE
With the test match ending in two and a half days, star batsman Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma visited the Shree Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain on Saturday morning to offer prayers.
While some of the players remained in Indore, a few including skipper Rohit Sharma returned to Mumbai and will join the squad in Ahmedabad on March 6.

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