Mohammed Shami Out of Australia Series

Fast bowler injured

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India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the remainder of India's Test series against Australia.

Shami was struck on the forearm while batting on day three of the series opener at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday. He retired hurt, as the tourists were bowled out for just 36 – and lost by eight wickets.

Australia took an early lead in the four-Test series. Visiting captain Virat Kohli lamented India's inability to capitalise on a first-innings lead.

“A bit of lead can always be tricky because as a batting unit you can go into a headspace where you feel like we are just 50 or 60 ahead and you don't want to lose early wickets and allow opposition back into the game,” he added.

“So you always have to be positive and you can't think like that. Hence I said we lacked intent because we should have just seen where the game has to go rather than where it has come to till now and move the game forward, which we were not able to do.

“I think the way we batted allowed them to look more potent than they were in the morning to be honest. They bowled similarly in the first innings and we batted way, way better.”

Kohli Unavailable for Rest of Series

He backed the tourists to fight back in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Kohli won't be available for the rest of the series. He will instead return home on paternity leave.

“A few of the guys are going to realise their true characters and how they can step up for the side. I'm very confident that we will learn from this,” he concluded.

“I don't think we have ever had a worse batting collapse than this, and it can only go up from here and understand as a team we can do special things when there is a partnership. I'm sure we will bounce back strongly in the next Test and there is no doubt about that.”

The third Test is scheduled to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Brisbane is due to host the fourth and final Test.

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