Not The SG Ball, Virat Kohli Prefers The Dukes For Test Matches

Aubrey Yates
October 12, 2018

It will be a three-match ODI home series against Australia A which will be played in BKC, Mumbai from October 15 to 19.

"Mohammed Shami has been included precisely for that reason".

Among pacers, Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, will once again be seen in the blue jersey.

Virat Kohli, who was handed a rest for the Asia Cup 2018 in September, returns for the first two ODIs against West Indies.

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"Of course Umesh Yadav is also part of our pool and as we are looking at a workload management strategy". Hardik Pandya & Kedar Jadhav, who both picked up injuries during the Asia Cup, continue to be on the sidelines.

The boost from the Nidahas Cup heroics (in Sri Lanka) has run its course for Dinesh Karthik as Rishabh Pant was named in the squad. Prasad said he would be considered for the remaining ODIs against West Indies. Ravindra Jadeja is also expected to make it after his lion-hearted show as Axar Patel's replacement.

Ravindra Jadeja, who had a dream comeback in the Asia Cup, retains his spot while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are the other two spinners on the team.

"We all know that Dhoni will play till the World Cup but there is no harm in grooming Pant, who could be a terrific No.6 or 7 batsman, who has the ability to finish games", a senior BCCI official privy to selection matters told PTI. Karthik got several starts in the tournament but could not convert them into bigger scores when India lacked solidity in the middle order. "We've made a decision to rotate our players so that we can avoid break downs", Prasad said. "In the search of second wicketkeeper, we have given opportunities to DK".

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