India’s flamboyant all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has finally been included in the 15-man squad for the first three ODIs against Australia in place of Axar Patel.
Axar has a strain in his left ankle during a practice session and has been advised rest. BCCI’s recent release read: “The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Saturday named Ravindra Jadeja as the replacement for Axar Patel in the team for the first three ODIs in the five-match series against Australia starting tomorrow i.e. September 17, 2017, in MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk in Chennai.”
It further added, “Axar sprained his left ankle during a practice session and has been advised rest. The BCCI medical team is monitoring his recovery.”
Earlier, Jadeja was rested for the limited overs series against Sri Lanka and was given an extended break considering India’s hectic schedule in the upcoming months. Axar had featured in four ODIs against Sri Lanka and had taken six wickets, and was also a part of the one-off T20 International.
The first three ODIs will be played in Chennai, Kolkata, and Indore. After that, the teams will travel to Bangalore and Nagpur for the final two games, before they take part in a three-match T20I series.
India’s fresh Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.