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Dhawan to miss first three ODIs against Australia

Shikhar Dhawan is expected to return for the final two games
Shikhar Dhawan is expected to return for the final two games

Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India has confirmed that opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan will miss the first three One-Day Internationals against Australia that begins later this month.

Dhawan had requested time off from the game to spend time with his wife, who is unwell. Earlier, the Delhi batsman also missed the recently concluded fifth ODI against Sri Lanka and the one-off Twenty20 International to see his ailing mother.

“Dhawan has requested to be released from the team for the first three ODIs... to attend to his wife, who is unwell,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The team management has not asked for any replacement as the squad already possess Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane, who can don the opening roles.

Dhawan, who looked in scintillating form in the Champions Trophy and the tour of Sri Lanka is expected to return back for the final two ODIs against Australia and the three-match T20I series to follow.

India squad for first three ODIs:

Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

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