The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 16-man squad for the first three matches of the upcoming five-match ODI series against the Australian team on Sunday afternoon. The series will be played at home starting from September 17. Star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was once again left out the team while spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were rested once again. The only change in the team that played against Sri Lanka last week is that Mohammed Shami has replaced Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur. While announcing the squad, BCCI said that the team for 3 ODIs against Australia is selected in line with the rotation policy and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested.
Ashwin is currently playing for Worcestershire in Division two of the English county and he has a four-match contract, of which only two matches are over so far. He will be playing the next match against Leicestershire from September 12-15 followed by his last game against Durham from September 25-28. Both Axar and Chahal were rewarded for their good performances against Sri Lanka.
There were no big changes in the team keeping in mind that the Indian cricket team is scheduled to play 23 international matches (11 ODIs, 9 T20 Internationals, 3 Tests) over next three months. The highlight of the series is that this will be the first time that Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati will be hosting international matches. Australia will also play a warm up match against the Board President’s XI.
Here is the squad:
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 10, 2017
Here is the full schedule:
September 17: First ODI, Chennai
September 21: Second ODI, Kolkata
September 24: Third ODI, Indore
September 28: Fourth ODI, Bangalore
October 1: Fifth ODI, Nagpur
October 7: First T20I, Ranchi
October 10: Second T20I, Guwahati
October 13: Third T20I, Hyderabad