Sydney: Following a rest day, the Indian cricket team returned to practice at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday ahead of their third ODI of the tri-series, against Australia here on Monday.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni

Although it was an optional session, almost the entire team came to practice, with only Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin staying back, reported.

It was a full-throttle net practice with long batting and bowling sessions. The first to use the batting nets were Stuart Binny, Axar Patel and Suresh Raina.

Binny started off by facing Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. Axar faced the slower bowlers — including captain MS Dhoni who sent down some leggies.

Raina batted for about an hour, first taking throwdowns from the support staff members before facing the spinners. Ravindra Jadeja, who is recovering from his shoulder injury, rolled his arm over in the spinners’ net while pacer Ishant Sharma looked very comfortable as he sent down some quick deliveries along with fellow quick Dhawal Kulkarni.