Australia tour: Jadeja-Shami-Ishant trio likely to feature in Indian squad

Australia tour: Jadeja-Shami-Ishant trio likely to feature in Indian squad

By: || Updated: 18 Dec 2015 12:49 PM
New Delhi: Back in form with an impressive performance against South Africa in the recently-concluded Test series, Ravindra Jadeja is likely to make a comeback when the national selectors meet in the capital on Saturday to pick the Indian squad for the upcoming limited-overs series in Australia.

India will play five ODIs and three T20 internationals in Australia with the first game starting on January 12.

Three other players, who could be under spotlight, are the fit-again pacer Mohammed Shami, senior-most fast bowler Ishant Sharma and batsman Murali Vijay, who has started batting in the middle-order in one-dayers for Tamil Nadu and also could be a back-up opener for Shikhar Dhawan, given his indifferent form in limited overs cricket.

The selectors will pick the squad, to be captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, keeping the ICC World T20 in mind although at least 12 players are likely to be automatic picks in both the formats.

With 23 wickets in his comeback against the Proteas, along with crucial runs (109 runs), 27-year-old Saurashtra all-rounder Jadeja should be back in the ODI squad after six months and likely to beat Axar Patel for the second spinner's slot with Ravichandran Ashwin being a natural choice.

Ishant Sharma, who has had a good season as the strike bowler in Test matches is likely to get the nod in limited overs after a gap of nearly one year. Ishant was being considered for the limited-overs series against South Africa but he pulled a hamstring during a Ranji match and was rested keeping in mind the Test series.

The other highlight of the selection meeting in the capital could be the selectors' take on whether to include Mohammed Shami in the squad. Shami, who had undergone knee surgery after World Cup, has just made his comeback to competitive cricket in the Vijay Hazare trophy. He had played two matches with figures of 2/52 in 10 overs against UP and 1/40 in 8 overs against Madhya Pradesh.

In the case of Shami, it will mainly hinge on whether he is fit to be selected and not about his form, as he is considered to be an asset by both the team management and the selectors.

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