Pa­tel to re­place Jadeja for Third Test

New Straits Times - - Sport -

COLOMBO: Spin­ner and bats­man Axar Pa­tel will re­place sus­pended Ravin­dra Jadeja in In­dia’s squad for the third and fi­nal Test against Sri Lanka, the team said yes­ter­day.

Pa­tel, 23, has played 30 one­day in­ter­na­tion­als and is now in line for his de­but Test if he is picked for the match in Pallekele, start­ing Satur­day.

Jadeja, the world’s top Test bowler, was slapped with a oneTest ban for a dan­ger­ous throw dur­ing his match-win­ning per­for­mance in the Sec­ond Test in Colombo.

He was also docked half his match fee by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil over the in­ci­dent, which was his sec­ond trans­gres­sion within a 24-month pe­riod.

The Vi­rat Kohli-led In­dia are eye­ing a se­ries sweep af­ter tak­ing an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead when they com­pleted an in­nings win in Colombo on Sun­day. AFP

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