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India captain Virat Kohli will return home after the opening Day-Night Test in Adelaide after BCCI decided to grant the expectant father paternity leave. The decision means India are set to play three of the four Border-Gavaskar Tests – in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – without their batting talisman.
Ajinkya Rahane, the designated vice-captain, who has previously captained against Australia and Afghanistan, is likely to lead the red-ball team.
Meanwhile, ending an impasse, the All India Senior Selection Committee decided to add Rohit Sharma in the Test squad while granting him rest from the white-ball leg of the tour in order to facilitate his full recovery from a hamstring niggle picked up at IPL 2020.
In a media release, BCCI revealed that its medical team had been monitoring Rohit in the UAE after the injury picked up on October 18 forced the Mumbai Indians skipper to miss four games at the same time the squad for the Australia tour was picked.