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 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2345 123
3 India 3547 122
4 New Zealand 2940 118
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114