Ravichandran Ashwin hit with a fine-tuned back on Day 5 of the SCG test.© TBEN
Australian coach Justin Langer suggested on Wednesday that the delayed Indian Premier League was to blame for so many injuries that marred Australia’s hit streak with India. The short-form extravagance normally begins in March, but along with other major international sporting events, it has been postponed as countries move into coronavirus lockdown. He was then moved to the United Arab Emirates as cases increased in India and did not start until September 19, peaking on November 11. The players then had to go through a 14-day quarantine in Australia, with the one-day series starting almost immediately. after being cleared out.
“It’s really interesting to see the number of injuries that there have been throughout the summer,” said Langer.
“We suffered during the white balloon series and (India) during the Test series.
“We’re going to revisit that, but I can’t help but think this year’s IPL probably wasn’t the perfect time for anyone, certainly for such a great series like this.”
David Warner and Marcus Stoinis were among the Australians injured in the white ball streak.
India were then exhausted in the high-stakes test series, which culminates with the final four game in Brisbane this week.
They lost experienced fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, as well as batsman KL Rahul, while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the latest to be sent off with a dislocated thumb.
There are doubts about the physical form of drummer Hanuma Vihari for Gabba’s test after tearing a hamstring in the second round in Sydney on Monday, with spinner Ravi Ashwin treating an issue and reports in Indian media saying fast bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah could miss with side tension.
“I love IPL. I watch IPL now as I used to watch county cricket (English) for young players, you’re going to play county cricket and it helps their development a lot,” Langer said.
“I think it’s the same with the IPL with our players, it helps their white ball development.
“But the timing … was probably not ideal and I wonder if that has an impact on the injuries we see for both teams throughout the summer.”
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