Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action
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.