SA vs AUS: Pat Cummins Backs Mitchell Marsh To Lead Team In ODI Matches For South Africa Tour

Updated - 15 Aug 2023, 12:32 PM

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Australia ODI captain Pat Cummins is set to miss the upcoming ODI series against South Africa, which is to begin on September 7. Pat Cummins remains confident about making a comeback in the three-match ODI series against India in preparation for the ODI World Cup 2023.

Pat Cummins suffered a wrist injury on the first day of the final Test of the recently concluded Ashes series in England. The right-arm pacer was observed wearing heavy strapping after the incident. However, he managed to take two wickets and score a crucial 36 runs in the first innings.

Another Few Weeks And I’ll Be Right – Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins provided an update on his wrist injury, confirming that he will join the Australia squad during the South Africa tour.

“It’s not too bad. I’ll head over to South Africa at the backend of that leg, but probably more those one-dayers ahead of the World Cup. Another few weeks and I’ll be right,” Cummins said.

“It hurt day one when I did it and hurt a lot when I was batting but didn’t think it was too bad. With each day it got a bit sorer, so knew it was probably bone as opposed to muscle,” he added.

Cummins replaced Aaron Finch as the ODI captain last year. However, he has led two out of the six ODI matches since then. Josh Hazlewood captained a match against England, and Steve Smith led the three-match series against India earlier this year.

Mitchell Marsh Is Probably The Most Obvious – Pat Cummins

Cummins has backed Mitchell Marsh, the newly appointed T20I captain, as a suitable choice to lead the ODI team against South Africa in his absence.

“The captaincy for the ODIs we’ve kind of shared around a little bit. We’ll get over there, and have a look at that. The good thing is we have a few options. [Mitch] is probably the most obvious one if he’s doing the T20s as well.”

“Wouldn’t be surprised as well with the number of ODIs before the World Cup that some guys might miss a game. If Mitch misses one, someone else might step up.”

Australia’s squad: Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Also read: Pat Cummins Sidelined For More Than A Month With Wrist Injury, Likely To Recover In Time For ICC World Cup 2023- Reports


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