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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Indo Aussie Test Series to start at Adelaide on Dec 9 - will Viru comeback ?

Life is uncertain and lot of things can happen suddenly – Phil Hughes is a grim reminder.

Now after lot of uncertainty, the  Adelaide Test has been confirmed as the first match of the Australia-India series and is set to begin on December 9th, three days earlier than originally scheduled. The Brisbane Test will be shifted to second in the series and will begin on December 17, and the Sydney Test will be pushed back by three days to allow the players extra recovery time during a condensed, reworked four-Test schedule. The changes were reported by host broadcaster Channel Nine. Under the new schedule, the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne will be the only match of the series to retain its original dates.  The rescheduling will affect the first two matches of the one-day tri-series in January too. The series was to begin at the MCG on January 16 with a clash between Australia and India, before Australia played England at the SCG on January 18. However, those two matches have now traded places in the schedule, with Australia-England in Sydney to begin the series on January 16, followed by Australia-India in Melbourne on January 18.

The Brisbane Test was to begin on 4th of Dec 2014 stands postponed due to the funeral for Phillip Hughes, which will take place in his hometown of Macksville on Wednesday.  The five-day delay to the start of the Test series can also impact the composition of the teams.  Earlier, Indian captain MS Dhoni had been ruled out of the first Test at the Gabba due to an injury to his right thumb and Australia's captain Michael Clarke seemed certain to miss due to a hamstring injury. However, both men will now have extra recovery time ahead of the new first Test.

Cricket Australia said that pre-purchased tickets for the first two ODIs would be honoured, and full refunds would also be available. Dhoni is set to join the India squad on December 5 but his participation in the Adelaide Test is not a certainty. Dhoni was to be rested for the first Test can play at Adelaide as he would be there in time – but if he prefers to sit out still, Virat Kohli would lead and Wriddhiman Saha would keep.

Back home, the swashbuckler Virender Sehwag is still hopeful of playing in World Cup despite last playing for the Nation way back in Mar 2013. It appears that retirement is not on his mind and he is hopeful of featuring in India's list of World Cup probables and possibly, playing the tournament. Strange, considering the fact that he is not playing for local side  in his usual role.  Last month, Sehwag made himself unavailable for the Deodhar Trophy, reportedly to offer more opportunities to youngsters from the North Zone.

We love Sehwag and remember the great knocks he played especially at Multan and at Adelaide – yet, the chances of his making a comeback does not sound realistic !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

2nd Dec 2014.

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