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Team India forced to recall Jadeja

Last updated on: September 16, 2017 20:54 IST

Ravindra Jadeja

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja celebrates taking a wicket. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was ruled out of India's first three ODIs against Australia, starting in Chennai on Sunday after spraining his left ankle during practice session, with Ravindra Jadeja named as his replacement.

Axar suffered the injury while playing football and the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement that he has been advised rest.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee 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," the BCCI said in a statement on Saturday.

"Axar sprained his left ankle during a practice session and has been advised rest. The BCCI medical team is monitoring his recovery," it added.

Axar had figured in the four matches during the recent five-ODI series against Sri Lanka, taking six wickets, and was also a part of the one-off T20 International.

Jadeja did not figure in the original 16-member Indian squad for the first three ODIs, which was announced on September 10.

The Indian team is without opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has been released from the original 16-man squad to attend to his ailing wife.

Indian team for first three ODIs: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (w/k), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.