India tour of Australia: Virat Kohli and co into quarantine ahead long series
The Indian men's cricket team arrived here on Thursday for a lengthy series against Australia beginning November 27.
Virat Kohli's men, in their customised PPE kits and masks, had departed from Dubai on Wednesday night after taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Along with the Indian contingent, the Australian players who were part of the IPL, including the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner, have also reached the city. The players will now undergo mandatory two-weeks quarantine.
The tour will commence with the three ODIs at the Sydney Cricket Ground (November 27, 29) and Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 2). That will be followed by the three-match T20I series at Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 4) and the SCG (December 6, 8).
After that, the teams will participate in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy beginning with the pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval from December 17. It will be followed by Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26), the SCG (January 7) and the Gabba (January 15).
Meanwhile, breaking from tradition, Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday named nine members of the Test squad as part of the Australia A squad that will play a three-day warm-up game against India prior to the Test series early next month.
The decision has been made apparently to ensure that a majority of its Test squad would get practice against the touring Indians ahead of the Test series when it begins on December 17.
The Australia A squad also includes Test captain Tim Paine. Besides Paine, Test squad members Sean Abbott, Joe Burns, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, and Mitchell Swepson will also be part of the Australia A side.