Australia paceman Pat Cummins is all set to miss the three-match T20 series against India to keep him fresh for the Ashes against England later this year.
Cummins, who has a history of injuries will return home after the one-day international series in India to freshen up for the Ashes Test series, Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday.
“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 in a statement.
“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,” he added.
Earlier last week, Australia’s bowling coach David Saker had stated that Cummins’ workload would be assessed on a game- by-game basis.
“At this stage we’re planning for him to play all the games. We’ll look at [resting him], it’s obviously been brought up between all of us,” David Saker said.
He added, “We know that his workloads are up there, but we know it’s an important series. It’s Australia v India, you don’t get any bigger than that. He’s really determined to play well over here. It’ll be game-by-game basis, we’ll play it by ear.”
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) said a decision on a replacement for Cummins in Australia’s squad for the India T20 matches will be announced shortly.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com