Sydney: Australia’s head coach Justin Langer has said that if Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma do not play in the first 2 matches of the Test series, then it does not affect the mentality of the hosts Will have to. Langer said that the limited overs series going on in the last few years between the two teams will help the team. When Langer was asked if the absence of Rohit and Ishant in the first 2 Tests would make Australia the difference?
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Responding to this, Langer said, ‘This is not our business. We have our own challenges. We will come together as a group for the first time on the morning of the match. It is up to India what she does and who she chooses. We will not have any control over these things. One thing I learned during Kovid-19 is that if you pay attention to those things which are not in your control, then you will go crazy. He can choose whomever he wants.
Rohit and Ishant are currently rehabbing at the National Cricket Academy. There are reports that both of them may be out of the first two Tests as they will take time to recover and they will again go through a strict quarantine. The first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series between India and Australia starts on 17 December and the second test starts on 26 December. Langer said that since both teams have played against each other in limited overs, it will help the Australian batsmen to face the Indian bowlers.
Langer said, ‘We know that Jasprit Bumrah is a world class bowler. It will be a great opening pair with Mohammed Shami. Our players have tested them by playing in IPL. We have played 14 ODIs in the last few summers. Our players have seen them a lot. I like this thing about rivalry. We respect his spinners, Bumrah, Shami. The rest of his bowlers like Navdeep Saini too. Before the start of the Test series, India and Australia will play a 3-match ODI and T20 series of the same number of matches.