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Ind Vs Aus: Jasprit Bumrah Rested For ODI Fixture Against Australia, Siraj Named As Replacement

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| January 8 , 2019 , 14:44 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday have decided to rest the in-form Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah from the upcoming ODI series against Australia and the subsequent tour of New Zealand.

Young pacer Mohammad Siraj has been called up as the replacement of Bumrah in the ODI fixture and Siddarth Kaul will join the side for the three T20Is in New Zealand.

It is learnt that the 25-year old speedster had bowled a total of 157 overs in the 4-match Test series and scalped 21 wickets, Bumrah also ended the Test series as the joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

According to media reports, BCCI in a statement said, "Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour. Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand."

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Speaking to media Virat Kohli on this said, "It's important to take care of these guys especially - manage workloads, that's going to be our priority going forward. But even more so, finding three more guys who can bowl as fast as and as relentless as these guys."

Siraj managed to pick up seven wickets in his last Ranji Trophy game against Punjab and showed good form in the three first-class games against New Zealand A in New Zealand as well. Kaul has ten wickets in his last two first-class games against Kerala and Hyderabad. He also picked up seven wickets in the three List A games against New Zealand A including a four-wicket haul in the final game of the three-match series.

India are all set to play three ODIs against Australia starting from January 12 before travelling to New Zealand for a five-ODI and three-T20I assignment starting January 23.