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Dhawan to miss first three ODIs against Australia
Australia tour of India

Dhawan to miss first three ODIs against Australia

India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan will miss the first three one-day internationals against Australia to be with his ailing wife, the Indian cricket board said Thursday.


The Virat Kohli-led India, who edged out Australia 2-1 in a Test series earlier this year, will begin the five-match ODI series in Chennai on Sunday.


"Team India opener Mr Shikhar Dhawan has requested to be released from the team for the first three ODIs," said a Board of Control for Cricket in India statement. It added that Dhawan wanted "to attend to his wife, who is unwell."


The BCCI did not name a replacement. Back-up openers Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane are already in the 15-man squad.


The hosts will also play three Twenty20 matches against Steve Smith's Australia.