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India look to regain focus, MS arrives Friday

India look to regain focus, MS arrives Friday
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The match will be played at the Gliderol Stadium in Glenelg (sub-urban Adelaide), venue of India’s first tour-game last week. The second tour-game had been cancelled owing to the demise of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes after he was hit by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game last Tuesday. He had died in Sydney two days later, sparking an emotional outpouring throughout the sports fraternity, both in Australia and abroad. His funeral took place in his home-town Macksville today.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay attended the funeral on the Indian team’s behalf. They were accompanied by team director Ravi Shastri, coach Duncan Fletcher and manager Arshad Ayub.

All three players are expected to be available for the match starting tomorrow as it is the only practice available before the four-match Test series gets underway next week. India skipper MS Dhoni, having recovered from a hand injury, will join the team in Adelaide on Friday evening. He will, of course, miss the tour game altogether. It remains to be seen if he will be available for the first Test. If he does, as anticipated, Kohli will have to wait a little longer to lead India in the longer format.

Owing to Hughes’ demise and keeping funeral arrangements in mind, the Test series had been nearly completely rescheduled. Brisbane will no longer host the first Test, instead the second starting December 17.
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