Australia Captain Pat Cummins Eyes Return During ODI Series Against India In September
Australia skipper and Senior fast bowler Pat Cummins, who is suffering and now recovering from a left wrist injury, said on Tuesday that he hopes to return to international cricket during his team's three-match ODI series against India in late September, ahead of the World Cup.
Cummins has been advised to rest for six weeks after breaking his wrist during the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval (July 27-31). The pace bowler will miss Australia's five-match ODI series against South Africa, which will take place between September 7 and September 17.
Australia will face India in one-day internationals on September 22, 24, and 27.
"At the tail end of that leg, I'll head over to South Africa." But those one-dayers (against India) are perhaps more important ahead of the World Cup.
"It shouldn't be all that horrible. "A few more weeks and it'll be fine," Cummins said, expressing optimistic about playing in the World Cup, which will be hosted in India from October 5 to November 19.
Cummins stated that he would likely evaluate his job as ODI skipper following the World Cup.
"We've shared the captaincy for the One-Day Internationals a little bit." "We'll go over there and take a look," he said.
Cummins believes Mitchell Marsh, who has been named Australia's T20I captain, is the logical pick to succeed him as ODI captain.
"The good news is that we have a few possibilities. If he's also playing in the T20s, (Mitchell Marsh) is perhaps the most obvious. Off the pitch, he's just a really nice guy.
His exuberance is contagious, and he's a lot of fun to be around." Cummins took over as Australia's 50-over format captain from Aaron Finch last year, but he has captained the team in only two of the six ODIs since then.
He was replaced by Josh Hazlewood in one match against England.
As Cummins returned home following the death of his mum, Steve Smith led Australia in a three-match One-Day International series against India earlier this year.