Dhoni to miss first Test in Australia
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to miss the first Test against Australia starting December 4 in Brisbane, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed. India will be on a two month long tour to Australia where they are set to play four Tests and a tri-series also involving England.
“Virat will be the stand-in skipper for the 1st Test (MSD rested). MS Dhoni will lead the team for the rest of the Test series,” a BCCI tweet confirmed.
Virat will be the stand-in skipper for the 1st Test (MSD rested). MS Dhoni will lead the team for the rest of the Test series #AusvsInd
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 10, 2014
“Virat Kohli will lead India in the first Test, starting on 4 December 2014, in Brisbane. M.S. Dhoni has been rested for the first Test as a prophylactic measure to ensure optimum recovery. He will join the team from the second Test onwards, and will lead the team for the rest of the Test series,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel later said in a statement.
Dhoni was rested for the hastily arranged five-ODI series against Sri Lanka and Virat Kohli took over India’s captaincy in his absence. Dhoni will also miss the remaining two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka as he is yet to recover from a strain in his right forearm. Meanwhile, the Indian selectors who met in Mumbai to pick the Team for the four Test against Australia have picked Wriddhimann Saha and Naman Ojha as other wicket-keeper batsmen on the tour.
India will play four Tests against Australia in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
India squad for Australia tour: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Naman Ojha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron