Rohit Sharma will play his first Test match in more than a year after he was included in India’s playing XI for the third Test against Australia, starting in Sydney from January 7. Rohit was ruled out of India’s tour of New Zealand early last year and the first two Tests of this Border-Gavaskar series due to injuries.

IND vs AUS: Rohit to open batting in Sydney, confirms Rahane


Rohit, opening the batting in Test cricket for the first time in home series against South Africa and Bangladesh, made scores of 176, 127, 14, 212, 6 and 21. He has been promoted to Test vice-captaincy and will open the batting in Sydney. Rohit replaces Mayank Agarwal, who is going through a lean patch with the bat.

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