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Axar Patel ruled out of 1st 3 ODIs vs Australia, Ravindra Jadeja to replace him

Axar Patel suffered an ankle injury while playing football ahead of India’s first ODI against Australia on Sunday. Ravindra Jadeja has been named his replacement for the first three ODIs

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 16, 2017 21:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Axar Patel, Indian cricket team spinner, has been ruled out of the first three ODIs against Australia.(AP)

Axar Patel, Indian cricket team’s left-arm spinner, was on Saturday ruled out of the first three ODIs against Australia. This comes as a shock for the Virat Kohli-led side, which will take on Steve Smith-led Aussies in the first ODI on Sunday.

Left-arm spinning allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been named in the Indian squad in Axar’s place. The latter suffered an ankle injury while playing football and the BCCI said in a statement that he has been advised rest.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 20:59 IST