India call up Axar to replace suspended Jadeja


India have called up left-arm spinner Axar Patel for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Saturday, to replace the suspended Ravindra Jadeja.

Axar will join the national squad in Pallekelle after being involved with the India A side in a one-day tri-series tournament in South Africa against the hosts and Afghanistan A which ended on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Axar is uncapped in the longest format of the game but has played in 30 ODIs and seven T20Is for India. He has taken 79 wickets in 23 first-class games at an average of 30.37.

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Jadeja, who went past 150 Test wickets and was named the man of the match in the previous Test in Colombo, was banned after he was given three demerit points for disciplinary issues and as a result he has now accumulated six demerit points which triggers a one-Test suspension.

India have already won the three-match series after convincing victories in Galle and Colombo.