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, September 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.

Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5599 124
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3474 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114