Rayudu re­ported for sus­pect bowl­ing ac­tion

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In­dia's Am­bati Rayudu has been re­ported for a sus­pect bowl­ing ac­tion in the first one-day in­ter­na­tional against Aus­tralia, the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) said on Sun­day. The part-time spin­ner's ac­tion was flagged by match of­fi­cials, cit­ing con­cerns about its le­gal­ity, after the match in Syd­ney. The 33 year old's ac­tion must be tested within 14 days, but he is al­lowed to bowl un­til the re­sults are out. Ade­laide will host the sec­ond ODI on Tues­day, and the fi­nal game of the se­ries will be played in Mel­bourne on Fri­day. Rayudu has scored 1,447 runs in 46 ODIs, while tak­ing three wick­ets.

In­dia calls up Shankar, Gill

In­dia on Sun­day called up all-rounder Vi­jay Shankar and bats­man Shub­man Gill for their Aus­tralia and New Zealand tours after Lokesh Rahul and Hardik Pandya were or­dered home in dis­grace over com­ments made about women. Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of In­dia's open­ing ODI against Aus­tralia in Syd­ney on Sat­ur­day, which the tourists lost, pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the com­ments made on a TV celebrity show. "Vi­jay Shankar will join the team be­fore the start of the 2nd ODI in Ade­laide," the BCCI said, re­fer­ring to Tues­day's match. "He will be a part of the squad for the ODI se­ries in Aus­tralia and the tour to New Zealand. Shub­man Gill has been picked for the ODI and T20 se­ries in New Zealand."

Smith to un­dergo el­bow surgery

For­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Smith will un­dergo surgery for an el­bow in­jury, Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) said on Sat­ur­day, in a move likely to have im­pli­ca­tions for his re­turn to the in­ter­na­tional game with less than three months left on his ball­tam­per­ing ban. Smith is cur­rently serv­ing a one-year ban from in­ter­na­tional cricket, Aus­tralia's do­mes­tic Sh­effield Shield and Big Bash leagues over a ball­tam­per­ing scan­dal dur­ing a Test match in South Africa last March. He is set to go un­der the knife on Tues­day to re­pair a lig­a­ment in his right el­bow. Fol­low­ing the surgery the 29 year old is ex­pected to spend six weeks in a brace and then un­dergo ex­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Smith’s 12-month ban ends on March 28.

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