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Dhawan to replace injured Vijay for Sri Lanka Test tour

18 July, 2017, 09:44 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Shikhar Dhawan replaces injured Murali Vijay for Tests in Sri Lanka

"The All-India senior selection committee Monday named Shikhar Dhawan as the replacement for injured Murali Vijay in the Test team, which is scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series", the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement. The 33-year-old suffered an injury during the four-match test series against Australia in India which India won.

Vijay had suffered a wrist injury during Australia's tour of India, and this news will be another setback for the opener, who was looking to perform well in the island nation.

He complained of pain during a preparatory camp and thus the BCCI asked him to carry on his rehabilitation programme. Dhawan cracked 338 runs from five matches with the help of one century and two fifties at the elite tournament. After a magnificent series against England and Bangladesh, Vijay managed just 113 runs in three Tests at an average of 22.60. In an effort to test his fitness, Vijay played the TNCA first division match for his employers Jolly Rovers last week and he was included in the team only after the player had told the team in-charge that he was more than 80 per cent fit.

The ODI series will begin at the Dambulla International Stadium on August 20 followed by the second and third ODIs at Kandy. He was out of action for nearly three-and-a-half months and had missed the entire IPL season with the Dharamsala Test against Australia in March being his last competitive match. The lone T20I will be also played at the same venue in Colombo on September 6.

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