Opening batsman Virender Sehwag and fast bowler ishant Sharma have both been ruled out of the upcoming Twenty20 and One-Day International series in England.
The pair, struggling with ear and ankle problems respectively, have been replaced by Ajinkya Rahane and Varun Aaron for the series, which begins on 31st August with the Twenty20 game at Old Trafford.
The two sides then play five matches between 3rd and 16th September. A statement from the Indian board (BCCI) read:
"Sehwag suffered from labyrinthithis of the left ear on 24 July 2011. Although his condition has improved, he continues to experience headaches. An ENT specialist, who was consulted on the same, has said that he will take two more weeks to recover completely.
"Sehwag has made good progress since the surgery on his right shoulder. He will be continuing rehabilitation to build up his throwing and bowling fitness.
"Ishant Sharma sustained a ligament injury in his left ankle during the Birmingham Test of the ongoing series. He has responded well to treatment, but will need to undergo a course of intensive rehabilitation and training to prevent recurrence of the pain in his left ankle."
Rahane, who averages 67.72 in first-class cricket, has scored 1,815 one-day runs at an average of 38.61 and a strike-rate of 83.83 and is a former India Under-19 player.
He has also featured in the Indian Premier League for the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals.
Aaron plays for the same Jharkand state that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hails from and has played just 11 one-day games, taking 23 wickets at 17.47 with two five-wicket hauls.
He also made a strong impression during the IPL with the Delhi Daredevils.
Sehwag was a late arrival on the tour of England following shoulder surgery and has only scored 41 runs in four Test innings, including a king pair at Edgbaston.
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