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India vs Australia: Pandya Ruled Out Due to Back Stiffness, Jadeja Called as Replacement for ODIs

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: February 22, 2019, 10:46 AM IST
India vs Australia: Pandya Ruled Out Due to Back Stiffness, Jadeja Called as Replacement for ODIs

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India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the T20I & ODI series against Australia due to lower back stiffness. According to a release by the BCCI, the board’s medical team has decided to rest the Baroda cricketer.

The 25-year-old will now undergo strength and conditioning work for his lower back at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, starting next week.

The T20I squad will now consist of 14 members, whereas Ravindra Jadeja has been named as Pandya's replacement for the five ODIs.

This is the second time in five months that Pandya has been sidelined due to a lower-back injury. In September 2018, he had suffered a similar injury during an Asia Cup match against Pakistan and had to be stretchered off the field.

Now, Vijay Shankar is the lone seam-bowling all-rounder in India's squad and is expected to bowl in Pandya's absence.

On the other hand, this is a golden opportunity for Jadeja, who will be hoping to make the most of this call-up and book a berth in India's World Cup squad.

The left-arm spinner played in the ODIs against the Windies and also featured in the three ODIs against Australia. In New Zealand series though, he failed to get a game.

Updated squads

T20I: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mayank Markande.

1st and 2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja.

3rd, 4th and 5th ODI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja.
First Published: February 21, 2019, 3:08 PM IST
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