Cummins optimistic about playing India ODIs

He has recovered from a wrist injury

By Web Desk
September 21, 2023
Pat Cummins celebrates after taking a wicket. - AFP

Australia captain Pat Cummins is optimistic about playing all three one-day internationals against India after recovering from a wrist injury.

However, the Aussie pace ace confirmed fast bowler Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell won’t feature in Friday's series opener in Mohali.

Starc is recovering from a groin injury he suffered during the Ashes series in England, while Maxwell will join the squad on Friday having recovered from an ankle injury.

"My wrist is all healed now ... hoping to play all three games," Cummins said on Thursday before the start of their final warm-up series before the World Cup in India starting on October.

Star batter Steve Smith is also set to make a comeback from a wrist injury but opener Travis Head has been ruled out with a fractured hand that makes him doubtful for the World Cup.

"We want to strike the balance between getting used to these conditions, hopefully winning some games, but we also don't want to get to that first (World Cup) game and already be cooked," Cummins said.

"No doubt we'll be trying a few different combinations, a few different players will get a chance but ideally we'd like to structure up pretty closely to how we'll play in the World Cup."

Marcus Stoinis bowled with the new ball on the recent tour of South Africa and Australia have two more fast-bowling all-rounder options in Cameron Green and Sean Abbott.

"You need five bowlers, so the more all-rounders you have you can really bolster your batting," Cummins said.

"It gives us flexibility to pick four genuine bowlers or maybe three bowlers and bat an all-rounder at No. 8. Hopefully Maxi (Maxwell) comes back later in the series, but the other three guys have been bowling fantastically."