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BENGALURU: India will monitor the workload of their players in the run-up to the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia, with some of them set to play key roles for their teams in the Indian Premier League, says captain Rohit Sharma.

Rohit, whose side sealed a 2-1 home series win over the same opposition to qualify for the WTC title clash, will also explore the possibility of sending some players to Britain earlier than expected to prepare for the game.

The IPL starts on March 31 and the final is scheduled for May 28, while the WTC decider starts at The Oval on June 7.

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“I think it’s pretty crucial for us,” Rohit said. “We’re going to keep in constant contact with all our players who are going to be part of that final and to monitor their workload and what’s going on with them.”

Indian pacers Mohammed Siraj (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mohammed Shami (Gujarat Titans) and Umesh Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders) are among those expected to feature heavily in the domestic Twenty20 competition. Rohit said that India would ensure that the trio is ready for the WTC final.

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“We are sending Duke (red) balls to all the fast bowlers as well,” said Rohit. “I believe in preparation and it’s going to be key for us again. Around May 21, six teams will potentially be out of the IPL play-offs, so whatever players are available, we will try to get them to the UK as soon as possible.”

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India’s success against Australia came on turning tracks but Rohit expects a different ball game at a neutral venue. “Both teams have played a lot of cricket in that part of the world and I won’t say it will be foreign conditions,” said Rohit.

“But yeah, compared to what it’s like to play India in India or Australia in Australia, it’s not going to be like that, it’s going to be a bit different. I’m sure both teams will prepare for it.”


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