Test Debut for Indian Bowler, To Replace Jadeja in 3rd Test

IPL 2014 sensation and all rounder left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel has been included in the Test team for 3rd Test to be played against Asian Lions Sri Lanka which is to be held in Pallekele starting from 12th August.This test would mark test debut for Gujarat local Axar who has already played 30 ODIs and only 7 T20s.

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This inclusion comes just after when Jadeja had to be debarred from the team since Jadeja breached article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match. This incident occurred in the previous test of the ongoing series between India & Sri Lanka.

Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.

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