India captain Virat Kohli is expected to fly back from Australia ahead of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to attend the birth of his child. Kohli’s wife, Anushka Sharma, is due to give birth in the first week of January.

Efforts will be made to enable the 32-year-old to return for the last two Tests in 2021 scheduled to be held in Sydney (January 7 to 11) and Brisbane (January 15 to 19). The Board of Control for Cricket in India will be requesting the Australian authorities to relax the quarantine period for Kohli upon his return Down Under. However, without a travel bubble between India and Australia, Kohli is unlikely to join the squad again.

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