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Ambati Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action

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Cary Erickson | 13 January, 2019, 13:43

Shankar will join the team ahead of India's second ODI against Australia, while Gill will join the team that is to fly to New Zealand for three T20Is and five one-day internationals starting January 23.

Sharma blasted 133 off 129 balls in a scintillating effort to keep India in the contest, while man-of-the-match Jhye Richardson took four for 26 for Australia.

Harbhajan Singh has batted for wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant inclusion in the Indian ODI team and has also backed MS Dhoni to regain his form.

The former India captain had a memorable outing, personally at the Sydney Cricket Ground as he became the fifth batsman from the country to score 10,000 ODI runs for India during the first ODI between India and Australia on Saturday. Ball-tracking replays confirmed the ball was pitching outside leg stump but Rayudu had already wasted India's only review.

"[It's] definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", Kohli said.

Rohit Sharma believes MS Dhoni should bat at number four for India, differing with captain Virat Kohli's preference for Ambati Rayudu.

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"After you lose three early wickets, the middle order's first motive is to revive the innings".

"Rohit needed support from the other end and Dhoni's presence at the crease would have made the difference". But Dhoni took a lot of balls to get those runs.

The duo helped lift the tourists after an abysmal start saw them reduced to 3-4, but the dismissal of Dhoni - who made his first ODI half-century since December 2017 - sapped their momentum and India fell to a 34-run loss. In February a year ago, Shankar's big match temperament was put to test against a quality Bangladesh attack but the Tamil Nadu captain has come a long way since then.

Marsh looked well set before he holed out to Mohammed Shami off Kuldeep at long on, ending a 53-run stand with Handscomb, who later found Dhawan at extra cover off Kumar.

The second and third ODIs will be played on Tuesday and Friday at Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively.