Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has questioned the home side’s decision to rest fast bowler Pat Cummins for the final One-day International against India at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
After having already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, Australia decided to rest the fast bowling duo of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc for the dead-rubber in a bid to manage the workload for the upcoming four-match Test series, starting December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.
Questioning Australia’s decision to rest Pat Cummins, Shane Warne asked whether playing in the IPL is more important than playing for the country while referring to the fact that Cummins had plied his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders for over a month.
“Pat Cummins and the resting, I’m a little bit disappointed. I know it is a big summer that we have and it is pretty jam-packed, but I don’t think Australian players should be resting after two games,” Shana Warne was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
“Why are they resting? Is it because they played IPL? So they are allowed to go and play all these games in the IPL and then they need a rest because they have been playing in IPL,” Warne asked.
“Surely playing for Australia is more important than playing in the IPL. So I would say you should choose. Either miss the IPL or you cannot miss games because you need a break coming off an IPL for an Australian game. It is a One Day International for Australia and you need a rest to get through the summer after two games,” Warne signed off.
Australia included the duo of Sean Abbott and Ashton Agar in the third ODI. And, while Agar vindicated his selection with a brilliant spell that read 2-44 in 10 overs, Sean Abbott [1-84] had a horror outing as he was taken to the cleaners at the backend by the rampaging duo of Hardik Pandya and especially Ravindra Jadeja as India recovered from a precarious 5-152 to 5-302 in 50 overs.