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Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami return to India squad for Australia series

Umesh Yadav returns to the limited overs squad
Umesh Yadav returns to the limited overs squad

India have recalled fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami for the upcoming One-Day International series against Australia that kicks-off later this month.

Both Yadav and Shami were part of the 3-0 Test series victory against Sri Lanka but was rested for the subsequent ODIs and T20Is against the same opposition.

The duo last played in the limited overs format during the tour of West Indies and were also part of the Champions Trophy 2017 squad where India lost the final to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Shardul Thakur has been left out of the squad and remains the only player to miss out from the series against Sri Lanka where he picked a solitary wicket from the two games.

The selectors have decided to give an extended rest to ace spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja with the likes of Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav getting another chance.

“The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested,” India’s chief selector MSK Prasad said in a statement.

“The team’s performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well, are being given an extended run and this will in turn supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours.”

The five ODIs will be played between 17th September and 1st October following which both the teams will lock horns in a three match T20I series.

India squad:

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

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