India vs Australia: Pacer Pat Cummins to skip 3-match T20 series in a bid to be refreshed for Ashes

The replacement for Cummins in the T20 squad will be announced later, said Cricket Australia.

Reuters, Sep, 22 2017

Mumbai: Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins will miss the three-match Twenty20 series against India to keep him fresh for the Ashes against England later this year, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

After more than five years of injury setbacks preventing his talent from blooming, the 24-year-old made an inspiring return to the test arena against India earlier this year.

Australia's Pat Cummins. Reuters

Australia's Pat Cummins. Reuters

He has since been a regular in the 50-over format and is expected to be part of Australia’s pace attack in the Ashes and will therefore return home from India after the remaining three ODIs in the five-match series.

“Pat has played a considerable amount of cricket this year after a long period away from the game due to injury,” national selector Trevor Hohns said.

“His body has handled the return to international cricket well, but we believe the best plan for him ahead of the Ashes series is to return home to refresh, both mentally and physically, before he prepares for Sheffield Shield cricket.”

The replacement for Cummins in the T20 squad will be announced later, CA added.

Australia trail 2-0 in the five-match ODI series and must win against India at Indore on Sunday to stay alive.

Published Date: Sep 22, 2017 | Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119