After leaving the United Arab Emirates, the Indian cricket team has reached Australia to begin their preparations for the much-awaited series between the two countries. India will play three T20s, 3 ODIs and four Tests in their two-month stay in Australia. Even though the first T20 will be played on 27 November, the Indian team led by captain Virat Kohli arrived early as they will now begin a 14-day quarantine-cum-training period on the outskirts of Sydney.
The Indian contingent arrived late in the afternoon with Australian stars such as David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and reached Sydney Olympic Park.
Their sessions will be held at the Blacktown International Sports Park, which has also been turned into a bio-safe venue, with the New South Wales government allowing the Indian team to train during the two-week quarantine period.
Captain Kohli, who will return home after the Opening Day / Night Test in Adelaide (from 17-21 December) for the birth of his first child in early January, ‘The Daily Telegraph is reported to be ready to receive a special treatment during the quarantine period ‘.
The Pullman Hotel, where the Indian team was the base for the next two weeks for the rugby side New South Wales Blues, has now shifted to another hotel.
According to the Telegraph, hotel officials will provide the Indian captain with a special penthouse suite, where Australian rugby legend Brad Fitler usually works.
It is understood that a limited number of families are also being permitted by the NSW State Government and the families of the players will have to follow the quarantine protocol.
The Australian stars, who returned from the UAE after the IPL, will however join their national team’s camp from 22 November. They will train separately.
Starting on 27 November, the white ball game will be played in two cities in Sydney and Canberra.
The Indian cricketer will wear the first white ball retro jersey during the tour as Kohli and his players will sport a navy blue jersey with multi-colored shoulder straps.
This was India’s 1992 World Cup jersey and new kit sponsor MPL is scheduled to bring retro feel. Naik is no longer associated with the Indian team.
Teams such as Australia and New Zealand have experimented with their old designs time and time again, especially during the World 9 cricket days played during Channel 9 in the 1980s.
(With PTI inputs)
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