Akshar to replace injured Jadeja in Test squad
Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series in Australia due to a shoulder injury and will return to India to undergo rehabilitation. Akshar Patel, the Gujarat left-arm spinner, will replace Jadeja in the squad for the remaining two Tests.
Jadeja did not play in the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane, and only featured in the tour game against Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide. He has been ruled out for three to four weeks, according to BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel. "The selectors will decide upon his World Cup selection based on his recovery till the selection committee meets," Sanjay Patel said.
Akshar has played nine ODIs since his debut against Bangladesh in June this year, taking 14 wickets at an average of 20.28, and economy rate of 4.49. He has taken seven wickets in the Ranji Trophy 2014-15 so far, including a four-for against Saurashtra in the ongoing game in Rajkot. He is expected to leave for Australia after the Ranji Trophy match.