India vs Australia 2019: Rohit Sharma likely to be rested for T20I series
Australia is set to play two T20Is and five ODIs against India, with the T20I set to be played on the 24th and 27th February. The ODI series starts from the first week of March.
The BCCI selection committee is likely to select the team for the T20I series on the 15th of this month. A senior BCCI official revealed that Rohit Sharma might be rested for the T20I series, as Virat Kohli is likely to make a comeback. Kohli was rested during the New Zealand T20I series.
The senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI, "There is a possibility that Rohit Sharma may be rested for the two T20 Internationals as Virat Kohli will be back".
However, he also stated that BCCI is not ready to make any experiments during the ODI series, as it will be the last ODI series before the World Cup. Thus, they are likely to play with the 15 or 16 players who are in contention for the 2019 World Cup.
"But when it comes to selecting the ODI squad, there won’t be any experiments with only five matches to go "
“Most of our ODI boys will be getting good two and half weeks of rest. Well, the pacers can be rotated during the five matches but no one will be kept out of the squad and rested. Workload management will be required more during the IPL".
India is having a dream run in the ODI format, winning series in places like Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. They are most likely to dominate the ODI series against Australia at their home grounds. On the other hand, Australia will look to get the right combination for the World Cup . Safe to say, we can expect a cracker of a series.