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Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami return for Australia ODIs; Ashwin, Jadeja rested
(NEW DELHI, Sep 10, 2017):Fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have been drafted back into the Indian set-up for the first three ODIs against Australia starting on September 17. From the 15-member squad that played the limited-overs leg in Sri Lanka, only Shardul Thakur has been omitted. Spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have once again been rested.

Ashwin is currently playing for Worcestershire in the Division two of the English county and he has a four-match contract, of which only two matches are over so far. Ashwin's next assignment is a home game against Leicestershire from September 12-15 followed by his last game against Durham from September 25-28.

Kedar Jadhav was a doubtful starter after managing 64 runs in four games, of which 63 came in one match, but hangs on to his place in the side. "Kedar has done consistently well for us in the past. He adds value by taking wickets with his part-time spin bowling. We need to back him," a source had told TOI on Saturday.

"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," MSK Prasad, Chairman of selectors, said. "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."

Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, 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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