The Australian all-rounder and captain Pat Cummins played a pivotal role with both bat and ball during the Ashes series against England. Despite his captaincy skills being tested against a dangerous England side, Cummins couldn’t secure a series win in England but managed to retain the Ashes urn with a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately, an injury to his left wrist on the first day of the fifth Test in London put a slight damper on his impressive performances.
Throughout the Ashes series, Cummins showcased his all-round abilities. He played nine innings with the bat and scored 162 runs at an average of 23.14. One of his standout performances was a match-winning unbeaten 44 in the fourth innings of the first Test in Birmingham, which helped Australia secure a thrilling two-wicket victory. Cummins picked up 18 wickets with the ball, finishing as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the series. Although his bowling average was higher at 37.72, his contributions were crucial to Australia’s performances.
On the first day of the fifth Test, Cummins injured his left wrist while attempting a run-out while fielding. As a result, his left arm was heavily strapped from Day 2 onwards, and he appeared to be in discomfort, especially while batting. Cummins continued to lead his team admirably despite the injury, but the concern surrounding his wrist remained.
Cummins will have at least three weeks to assess the situation and recover from the wrist injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, he might also be rested for Australia’s upcoming three-match T20I series against South Africa, starting from August 30. A five-match ODI series follows the T20Is, commencing from September 7. The Australian team will be hopeful that the issue with his wrist resolves soon, as they have the T20 World Cup scheduled for October-November.
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“I landed on my wrist on day one in the field going for a run-out. It’s pretty sore. We’ll get it assessed over the next few days and work out if anything needs to happen,” Cummins said by ESPNcricinfo.
Despite not achieving a series victory in England, Cummins’ all-round performances were commendable, and he played a significant role in helping Australia retain the Ashes urn. As the Australian team prepares for the upcoming series and tournaments, his fitness and form will be crucial for their success.