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Jasprit Bumrah rested from Australia ODIs, NZ tour; Siraj gets call

The attack comprising Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma has been hailed as India's best ever

Press Trust of India  |  Sydney 

India's Jasprit Bumrah, left, celebrates after getting Australia's Shaun Marsh, right, out LBW during play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia in Melbourne, Australia
India's Jasprit Bumrah, left, celebrates after getting Australia's Shaun Marsh, right, out LBW during play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia in Melbourne, Australia | Photo: PTI

In-form Indian pacer was Tuesday rested from the upcoming ODI series against Australia and the subsequent tour of with replacing the hero of the team's maiden Test series triumph Down Under.

With 21 scalps, Bumrah ended the four-Test series as the joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Australian off-spinner

"Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and tour," said the BCCI in a statement.

"pacer Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand," it added.

Bumrah, who made his Test debut just 12 months ago, has become India's go to pacer in all three formats.

The attack comprising Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and has been hailed as India's best ever.

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The decision to rest him comes after saptain also emphasised on managing the workload of the pacers following India's maiden Test series win in Australia here on Monday.

"It's important to take care of these guys especially manage workloads, that's going to be our priority going forward. But even more so, finding three more guys who can bowl as fast as and as relentless as these guys," said Kohli.

India play three ODIs against Australia starting here on Saturday before travelling to for a five-ODI and three-T20I assignment starting January 23.

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 11:05 IST