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Justin Langer points to ‘not ideal’ timing of IPL 2020 for growing injury list

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“If you’re having more injuries or the trend is more injuries than usual, then you’ve got to review it”

The Indian Test party in Australia is so badly affected by injuries – impact and otherwise – that they might be struggling to put a proper, fit XI on the field for the final Test, from Friday in Brisbane. Justin Langer, the Australia coach, feels that the IPL – the timing of it to be exact – is to blame, and pointed to the players Australia had missing during the white-ball games earlier in the summer.

“… I’ve said this is going to be the survival of the fittest this summer. It’s really interesting how many injuries there’s been throughout this summer,” Langer said at a press interaction on Wednesday. “We suffered through it through the white-ball series if you remember, and through the Test series. I can’t help but think that the IPL this year really probably wasn’t ideal timing for anyone, certainly for such a big series like this.”

India reached Australia without Rohit Sharma (for the first two Tests) and Ishant Sharma (out for the whole series) after they picked up injuries during the IPL. Since then, they have lost Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja to injuries sustained while batting, as well as Umesh Yadav (calf strain) and KL Rahul (injured at training), while R Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal are carrying injuries too.

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