Pat Cummins Is Likely To Be Ruled Out Of South Africa ODI Series Due To Injury

Pat Cummins, Australia’s ace fast bowler and captain of the ODI side, is facing physical and strategic challenges as he prepares for the upcoming ODI tour of South Africa and the impending ODI World Cup. Cummins’ fractured wrist has cast uncertainty over his immediate participation, leading him to potentially miss the South Africa tour and return for the series against India just before the World Cup in October.

Cummins’ injury incurred while fielding during the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval has forced him to reconsider his schedule. While Cricket Australia initially hoped for his appearance in the ODI series against South Africa, Cummins’ focus now appears to be on regaining fitness for the Indian tour, which includes three matches before the World Cup.

However, it’s not just his physical recovery that Cummins must contemplate. The ODI World Cup could mark his final stint as captain of the ODI team, as he faces the complex challenge of managing the responsibilities of captaincy, bowling duties, and Test captaincy. With his intense workload in mind, Cummins is expected to evaluate his ability to juggle these roles after the World Cup concludes.

Cummins’ remarks about his injury and upcoming decisions provide insights into his mindset. He acknowledged that the injury hurt initially, and although he played through it during the Ashes, the pain escalated over time, prompting him to identify the issue as a bone-related injury. His current focus is on a few more weeks of recovery, putting him on track for the Indian series.

“It hurt day one when I did it, and it hurt a lot when I was batting, but I didn’t think it was too bad. Then with each day, it got a bit sorer, so I knew it was probably bone instead of a muscle (issue). Cummins said.

Regarding his role as captain, Cummins remained pragmatic, stating that he hasn’t given it much thought yet. He emphasized the availability of potential replacements, including Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, and the newly-appointed T20 captain, Mitch Marsh. Cummins recognized Marsh as a viable option, given his leadership in the T20 format, while also acknowledging the potential audition for a long-term captaincy role.

“I haven’t thought about it too much, to be honest. We’ll play this World Cup and then assess it after that. The good thing is we’ve got a few options for South Africa. Marsh is probably the most obvious one if he’s doing the T20s as well. Marsh’s appointment to the T20I captaincy comes after a steady rise back into favour at the national level.” Cummins said.

Cummins’ rise in prominence has been marked by his steady return to favour at the national level, culminating in his pivotal century during the third Ashes Test at Headingley. This remarkable achievement in the red-ball format further highlights Cummins’ versatility and capabilities as a cricketing all-rounder.

“I’ll head over to South Africa at the back end of that leg. But we’re probably looking more at those one-dayers ahead of the World Cup. It shouldn’t be too bad. Another few weeks, and it’ll be right.” Cummins said.

As the cricketing world awaits Cummins’ return to the field and observes the unfolding decisions around his captaincy, one thing is certain the challenges he faces, both on and off the field, underscore the complexities and demands of modern cricket.

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