Australia was under a lot of pressure before the ODI World Cup. Team captain Pat Cummins is out with an injury, adding to the concerns of the Aussie camp. Ahead of the first World Cup match against India on October 8, Australia will play a three-match ODI series in India. The first match of the series is in Mohali on September 22. The ODI series is scheduled to be held on September 22-27. However, Australian captain Pat Cummins became uncertain in this series. He suffered a wrist injury on the first day of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval against England. He played this test while tightly bandaged. Although that injury is now raising concern in Australia.
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Cricket Australia has yet to say anything about Cummins’ left wrist injury. Cummins was supposed to be rested after playing six Tests in two months. The impact of the injury was not noticed when Cummins bowled in the Oval Test. But he was feeling pretty uncomfortable while batting. After playing the World Test Championship final against India, he played five Ashes Tests against England. It is also important to rest Cummins to keep him fresh before the World Cup. But a fractured wrist will be a big blow for Aussies ahead of the World Cup.
Cricket Australia will announce the Australian squad for the tour of South Africa and India next week. Mitchell Marsh is likely to be named captain in the absence of Cummins. There are also rumours that Marsh will be Australia’s T20 captain. During his tour of India this year, Cummins returned home due to his mother’s illness. Steve Smith then led Australia. Australia will play three T20 Internationals and five One Day Internationals in South Africa from 30th August. The Australian team will come to India after that series.