Cummins to miss T20Is in India


Cricket Australia has confirmed that fast bowler Pat Cummins will return home from the tour of India following the five-match ODI series.

The 24-year-old Cummnis has played in both ODIs in India so far as the visitors find themselves two-nil down with three matches still to play.

The Aussies will want the paceman fit and firing for the Ashes against England which starts Down Under later this year and the selectors feel some rest and first-class cricket will be the best way to go.

National selector Trevor Hohns said: “Pat has played a considerable amount of cricket this year after a long period away from the game due to injury.

“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.”

A decision on a replacement for Cummins in the T20 International squad will be announced in due course.

Australia will three T20Is in India following the ODI series.