Axar comes in for Jadeja

Muscat Daily - - PRESS RELEASES -

IN­DIA'S TOUR OF SRI LANKA Mum­bai, In­dia - In­dia has brought in left-arm spin-bowl­ing all­rounder Axar Pa­tel for the Pallekele Test, as a re­place­ment for the sus­pended Ravin­dra Jadeja. The Test be­gins on Au­gust 12.

In­dia has al­ready won the three-match se­ries, with vic­to­ries in Galle and at the SSC.

He will be the third spin­ner in the squad be­hind off-spin­ner R Ash­win and left-arm wrist­spin­ner Kuldeep Ya­dav.

Axar is yet to make his de­but in Test cricket, but has played 30 ODIs and seven T20 in­ter­na­tion­als. He has played 23 first-class matches and taken 79 wick­ets at 30.37. He just fin­ished play­ing the ODI tri-se­ries in South Africa with In­dia A where he fin­ished the team's third-high­est wicket-taker with seven wick­ets in four games.

Jadeja was sus­pended at the end of the sec­ond Test for dis­ci­plinary is­sues; fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent where he threw the ball at bats­man Malinda Push­paku­mara "in a dan­ger­ous man­ner" ac­cord­ing to the on-field um­pires. He was given three de­merit points, tak­ing his to­tal to six de­merit points in­side a 24-month pe­riod which trig­gered a one-Test sus­pen­sion. In­dia squad: Vi­rat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Ra­hane (vice-capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Chetesh­war Pu­jara, Ro­hit Sharma, R Ash­win, Axar Pa­tel, Wrid­dhi­man Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Ya­dav, Hardik Pandya, Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar, Mo­hammed Shami, Kuldeep Ya­dav, Ab­hi­nav Mukund.

Axar Pa­tel

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