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Jadeja returns for the first three ODIs // Getty

Jadeja recalled to cover injury

Veteran spinner summoned for first three one-day internationals ahead of series opener in Chennai

Ravindra Jadeja has earned a recall to India's one-day squad after replacing injured spinner Axar Patel for the first three matches against Australia, the country's cricket board said Saturday.

Left-arm spinner Patel sprained his ankle while training for the first of the five ODIs in Chennai on Sunday, making way for Jadeja's inclusion in the 15-man squad.

"Axar sprained his left ankle during a practice session and has been advised rest. The medical team is monitoring his recovery," said a Board of Control for Cricket in India statement.


Left-arm bowler Jadeja, who last played an ODI against West Indies in July, had been rested along with fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to test India's new generation of slow bowlers.

Jadeja was a major thorn in the side of the Australians during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series earlier this year, capturing 25 wickets in four Tests in the 2-1 series triumph. 

Jadeja's unplayable delivery gives India hope

While Steve Smith's side will have their hands full with Jadeja, the tourists will have to deal with a duo of wrist spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Kuldeep made an instant impression against Australia, taking four wickets in his Test debut in India's series-clinching win in Dharamsala this year.

"It is a great advantage to have two wrist spinners in your team, especially when both are so different to each other and both can pick up wickets in the middle overs," Kohli said Saturday.

"It is important to keep picking wickets and have breakthroughs throughout. Those two guys have provided that to us and they are very confident coming into this series.

"They are in a zone where they don't mind getting hit as long as they pick up 3-4 wickets which I think is a very good space to be in and it's something that gives me as a captain lot of confidence," he added.

Australia called in local left-arm wrist spinner KK Jiyas, who played for Delhi in the Indian Premier League, to help prepare for Kuldeep's guile during net practice in Chennai.

"They're different (left-arm wrist spinners) so it's good to be able to get someone who bowls a bit of that," Smith told reporters earlier.

"He (Kuldeep) is a good young talent and can be difficult to pick at times. He's someone who you have to watch really closely. Hopefully we can put him under pressure early in his spell and try and take him for as many as we can," he added.

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Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Australia T20 squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

India squad (first three ODIs): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

ODI Fixtures


September 17: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

September 21: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

September 24: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore

September 28: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

October 1: VCA Stadium, Nagpur


T20 Fixtures


October 7: JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi

October 10: Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati

October 13: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad