Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Jasprit Bumrah rested for ODI series against Australia

Jasprit Bumrah rested for ODI series against Australia

Mohammed Siraj has been named Bumrah's replacement for those series while Siddarth Kaul has been added to the squad for the T20I series in New Zealand next month.

India will now play Australia in three one-day internationals, starting Saturday in Sydney, before traveling to New Zealand for an ODI and Twenty20 global series, starting with an ODI in Napier on January 23.

India play three ODIs against Australia starting here on Saturday before travelling to New Zealand for a five-ODI and three-T20I assignment starting January 23. The workload is being managed of one of India's best bowlers it seems keeping the World Cup in mind. "Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand".

Apart from Bumrah, even Mohammed Shami is part of the ODI squad and hasn't been rested despite bowling close to 137 overs.

Bumrah bowled 157.1 overs in the four Tests in Australia.

Rohit Sharma will return for the ODI series after skipping the fourth test against Australia to spend time in India with his family.

Sri Lanka captain and fast bowler Lasith Malinga has moved up three places to take the 46th place after finishing with seven scalps in the series. But he has been in stellar form with the red ball while representing India A since July. In his last Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad against Punjab, he picked up seven wickets.

Bumrah picked nine wickets while conceding just 86 runs at the MCG, registering a dominant performance against the hosts, despite enjoying comparatively limited experience in the longer format of the game.

India are slated to face Australia in three ODIs which begins with the first ODI on January 12 in Sydney, followed by the second ODI on January 15 in Adelaide and the third ODI being on January 18 in Melbourne. India, who play three matches against Australia and five against New Zealand, could reach 125 points and within one point of England if they are able to win all eight matches while Pakistan need to beat South Africa 5-0 in order to overtake them.

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