Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma will miss the crucial fourth Test in Sydney after flying home to spend time with his wife and new baby daughter, India announced Monday.
The 31-year-old jetted back to Mumbai straight after India won the third Test against Australia in Melbourne on Sunday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement.
No replacement has been called up for Sydney and Sharma will return to Australia on January 8, in time for the three-match one-day international series that begins on January 12.
Sharma's 63 helped to propel India to a first innings 443 for seven declared to set up a 137-run win in Melbourne and give the tourists an unassailable 2-1 series lead.
The fourth and final Test starts in Sydney on Thursday with India needing a draw to claim a historic first series win on Australian soil.