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Hardik Pandya Ruled Out Of The Australian Series With Injury, Jadeja Named In As Replacement

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| February 21 , 2019 , 17:46 IST

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Thursday has been ruled out of the upcoming Twenty20 International and One-Day International series against Australia due to lower back stiffness, a BCCI announced on Thursday.

Left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been named as the replacement for Hardik in the 50-over format. However, no replacement has been named in the T20I squad.

The BCCI medical team decided to rest the all-rounder and let him undergo strength and conditioning work for his lower back at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, Pandya will begin his strength work from next week, BCCI said in a statement.

The T20I squad will now consist of 14 members. Ravindra Jadeja has been named a replacement for Hardik Pandya for the 5 ODIs.

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Hardik made a comeback into the Indian side for the ODI series against New Zealand after he was banned for the controversial comments on a TV chat show. His performances were quite impressive, but this injury could be a good chance for both Ravindra Jadeja and Vijay Shankar to stake a claim as the all-rounder in the side.

India’s squad for 1st and 2nd ODI against Australia: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Siddharth Kaul, KL Rahul.

India’s squad for remaining three ODIs: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant.