Australian captain Aaron Finch said that fast bowler Pat Cummins has been carrying a hip injury for well over a year now and it is something that causes him a lot of issues at times.
Cummins was rested from the T20I series against Sri Lanka in order for him to recover in time for donning the leader’s captain in the Test series that will be played at the end of this month.
“He’s very keen to go. [He’s] fresh and recharged after getting over that hip injury. That had been lingering around for 12-14 months so for him to be able have a good solid recovery period and a training block, he looks like he’s up and running. It’s been something that’s been ongoing for a little while.”
“Just causes him a lot of discomfort at times, there hasn’t been one particular incidence, it’s just a gradual build-up and he hasn’t really had the time to really recharge and recover. So to have the time off at the back end of the IPL and these T20s was important for what is such a huge 18 months of international cricket,” Finch said.
“Not ideal but that’s a part of touring life” – Aaron Finch on injury concerns
Australia’s long tour of Sri Lanka has been marred with injuries, particularly to their pacers. Mitchell Starc sustained a laceration on his finger in the 1st T20I while Kane Richardson was also sidelined. Mitchell Marsh is nursing an injury as well.
“It’s certainly testing at the moment. Getting back to Colombo the wickets will probably be a bit drier and we’ll look to play an extra spinner or potentially an extra allrounder to be able to get through the 50 overs. Not ideal but that’s a part of touring life,” Finch also added.
Australia won the 3-match T20I series by a 2-1 margin with the ODI series set to begin on Tuesday.