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Suresh Raina rested for final ODI vs Sri Lanka

Suresh Raina

Ranchi, Nov 15 (PTI) With the series already in pocket, the Indian team management has decided to rest senior batsman Suresh Raina for the fifth and final ODI, here tomorrow.

“For tomorrow’s game, we don’t have Suresh available,” India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told reporters on the eve of their fifth ODI at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here.

“He is being rested. Everybody else is available for selection from the squad we had in the last match (in Kolkata),” the assistant coach added.

Raina’s unavailability would mean that India would now have a 13-member squad and it’s quite likely that attacking Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav will make his international debut.

“Obviously, the boys who have missed out or have not got an opportunity so far, will have a very good chance to play tomorrow. Everybody is getting opportunities more or less.”

Jadhav, who came into the limelight with a 29-ball 50 for Delhi Daredevils on his IPL debut, was seen having an extended session at the nets today and paying attention to head coach Duncan Fletcher.

Incidentally, the leading wicket-taker in the series, Umesh Yadav did not bowl at the three-hour net session today.

Yadav was seen throwing the ‘medicine ball’ to strengthen his back muscles and it’s likely that the India’s pace spearhead may make way for Karnataka seamer R Vinay Kumar in another likely change.

In another highlight of the day’s practice, Stuart Binny was seen opening the proceedings coming ahead of their regular top-order batsmen, as the India all-rounder looked quite focussed on the training session.

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