Cricket

India's Sharma clears fitness test ahead of UK tour

2018-06-20 16:57
Rohit Sharma (AFP)

New Delhi - Top batsman Rohit Sharma cleared a fitness test Wednesday and will join India's tour of the United Kingdom, bringing relief to selectors after two others recently failed to pass muster.

READ: Langer hopes Australia will be better for 'brutal' England loss

Sharma, whose inclusion in the limited-overs squad was considered vital for any hope of Indian success, passed the 'yo-yo' running exercise introduced to ensure players were up to scratch.

All eyes were on Sharma as he proved his endurance against the clock after pace spearhead Mohammed Shami and batsman Ambati Rayudu failed the same test despite already being chosen for the India squad.

Players are supposed to take the yo-yo test before selection under rules introduced by India's cricket board last year and a break in protocol for Shami has caused controversy.

Shami was chosen for the Test squad against Afghanistan last weekend without running the yo-yo. He was replaced in the one-off match by uncapped paceman Navdeep Saini after failing to prove his fitness.

Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina was called up for India's one-day international squad for England after Rayudu was found unfit.

Board administrator Vinod Rai said "there was no time to organise" the tests because the names of all prospective players for the tour had to be submitted for travel visas to the UK.

"Because of that, the cart was put before the horse and we will ensure that this doesn't happen from now on," he told AFP.

India will play two Twenty20 internationals in Ireland before travelling to England for a three-month tour starting with the first of three T20 matches on July 3.

The Virat Kohli-led side will also play three ODI matches and five Tests.

Read more on:    india  |  rohit sharma  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.