Test star Bumrah rested for ODI series in Australia


India’s selectors have taken the decision to rest fast bowler Jaspirt Bumrah for the three-match ODI series against Australia and the limited-overs tour to New Zealand that will follow.

Bumrah was one of India’s standout players in their historic Test series victory in Down Under, taking 21 wickets in the four-match series that the visitors won 2-1.

Virat Kohli’s team will now take on the hosts in three ODIs, starting Saturday in Sydney, and then travel to New Zealand for a limited-overs series later this month.

The BCCI said in a statement: “Keeping in mind the workload of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia.”

Mohammed Siraj, who has played in three T20Is but is uncapped at ODI level, has been called up to replace Bumrah for the 50-over games in Australia while Siddarth Kaul will take Bumrah’s place for the three T20Is against New Zealand.