Natarajan, Shardul, Washington stay back in Australia

Left-arm pacer Natarajan was always supposed to stay on as a net bowler. Shardul was included as a back-up option as Ishant Sharma is out with an injury.

Left-arm pacer T. Natarajan in action against Australia in the limited-overs series.   -  REUTERS

India pacers Shardul Thakur and T. Natarajan, along with offspinner Washington Sundar, have been retained as back-up cum net bowlers for India's Test series in Australia, starting December 17.

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Barring the trio, all the other members of the limited-overs' leg who did not make the cut returned to India on Friday.

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Natarajan, the left-arm pacer who was a stand-out performer in the T20I series, was always supposed to stay on as a net bowler, Thakur was asked to stay once Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the series.

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Washington would primarily come in handy as a net bowler with his uncanny off-spinners.