India's ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been recalled in place of an injured Axar Patel in the squad for the first three ODIs against Australia. The first match between India and Australia is scheduled to be played on Sunday in Chennai. Jadeja was rested from five-match ODI series and one-off T20I against Sri Lanka.
Ravindra Jadeja also missed the third and final Test in Pallekele after his accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period following his breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for which he received a 50 percent fine and three demerit points.
Axar sprained his left ankle during a practice session and has been advised to rest. The BCCI medical team is monitoring his recovery. The 23-year old Patel was a part of the Indian team during their limited overs series against Sri Lanka, the board said in a press release. Following his injury, he skipped the nets session on Saturday. Earlier, India's opener Shikhar Dhawan also decided to opt out of the first three matches versus Australia to attend his ailing wife.
India Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.