The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, was held in UAE this year, amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 situation in India. After the conclusion of the IPL 2020, the Indian players left for their tour of Australia, for a full series including ODIs, T20Is and a 4-Test series. The honours were shared in the limited overs leg of the series, with Australia winning the ODI series 2-1 and India taking the T20 series 2-1. The Test series is set to begin on December 17th, with the first match being a Day-Night Test, played with a Pink ball! However, one of India's best batsmen - Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the Australia series after sustaining a hamstring injury during the IPL. Rohit went on to win the IPL trophy for a record 4th time, in this year's edition but since returned to India to recover from the injury.

Rohit missed out on the limited overs leg of the Australia tour and India felt his absence with the batsmen not being able to adapt to the Australian conditions and their fiery pacemen. After his return to India, Rohit Sharma underwent his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), in Bengaluru. He has now recovered from his injury and has been declared "clinically fit" by the authorities at the NCA. Rohit Sharma has been cleared to join the rest of the Indian team for the Border-Gavaskar Test series against Australia but will still have to complete his mandatory 14-day quarantine period, upon landing in Australia. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued a statement that Rohit has been declared fit and will soon be travelling to Australia but will be once again assessed by the medical staff of Team India, before a decision on whether he will play the remaining Test matches, can be taken. 

BCCI's media release read, "The NCA medical Team was satisfied with the physical fitness of Mr Sharma after assessing him on different metrics that tested his skills related to batting, fielding and running between the wickets. Mr Sharma's physical fitness has been satisfactory, however, he will be required to continue work on his endurance. He has been given a detailed programme to follow for the duration of the two weeks he will be quarantined for. He will be reassessed by the Team India medical team post his quarantine to establish his fitness status and a call on his participation in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be taken accordingly." Indian captain Virat Kohli will only play the first Test of the series, before returning to India on Paternity Leave, for the birth of his first child. Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane is touted to lead the Indian team in Kohli's absence and Rohit Sharma's availability for the last 2 matches would be a good boost for the Men in Blue, against the Baggy Greens!