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Dhawan, Karthik return to India's T20I squad

Ashish Nehra last played for India in February
Ashish Nehra last played for India in February

India have recalled fast bowler Ashish Nehra and wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik for the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series against Australia.

Nehra last played for India during the T20I game against England in February and overall has 34 wickets from 26 games in the format with an economy rate of under eight. He will replace inexperienced pacer Shardul Thakur in the squad that played against Sri Lanka in recently.

Meanwhile, Karthik, who last played against West Indies following the Champions Trophy 2017 has also been given a lifeline while opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan returns back to the squad after an extended break and has replaced Ajinkya Rahane in the squad.

India's most experienced spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja has been omitted once again with Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav given an extended run.

The three match series will be played between 7th and 13th October.

India squad for T20I series against Australia:

Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel

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