Rayudu replaces Tiwary in India's T20 squad

Baroda batsman Ambati Rayudu has been picked to replace Manoj Tiwary in India's squad for the two-match Twenty20 series against England. Tiwary has been been ruled out with a side strain, according to a statement from the BCCI.

The 27-year-old Tiwary, who has played three T20Is for India, was picked by the All-India Senior Selection Committee Sunday for the matches to be played in Pune (Dec 20) and Mumbai (Dec 22). He picked up the injury while batting in Bengal's first innings against Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy on Sunday, and will be out for six weeks.

 Rayudu replaces Tiwary in Indias T20 squad

Ambati Rayudu is the beneficiary of Manoj Tiwary's injury. AP

Tiwary suffered a muscle tear and has left for a comprehensive rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore under physio Nitin Patel. "The MRI report has come and I am leaving for Bangalore tomorrow. I will follow what physio Nitin Patel tells me to do once he checks the report. As of now it looks like six weeks," Tiwary told PTI from Rajkot.

This is Rayudu's first call-up to the Indian team. The 27-year-old batsman is currently playing in the Ranji Trophy and has made four half-centuries and one hundred in six matches so far this season. Rayudu was one of the better performers for Mumbai Indians in the 2012 IPL, with 333 runs from 15 innings at a strike-rate of 132.14.

The fourth and final Test match against England starts on Dec 13. Following that, India play the two Twenty20s Then England fly home while India take on Pakistan in a limited-overs series before England return in January for the one-day series.

With inputs from agencues

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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2012 13:42:40 IST