Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series, Jadeja named as replacement

Mumbai [India]: In a big setback for the Indian team, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of their upcoming ODI series against Australia due to lower back stiffness.

Pandya will be replaced by Ravindra Jadeja for the five-match series.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in a press note, revealed that Pandya is suffering from lower back stiffness and as per the medical team’s instructions, the player has been given a rest in the series against Australia. Pandya will undergo strength and conditioning work on his lower back at the National Cricket Academy.

Hardik Pandya was a member of the T20I squad as well, but no replacement has been named for the T20 series, as for now.

India will play five one day matches against Australia from March 2 to 13. Before that, both the teams are slated to play a two-match T20 series which will begin on February 24 in Vishakhapatnam.