Pat Cummins will miss the 3rd Test, Australia to be led by Steve Smith. Cricket Australia confirm on Friday that the bowler will remain in his hometown to care for his mother’s health.
Pat Cummins, Australia’s captain, will miss the 3rd Test match of the Border Gavaskar series against India, Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday. The bowler will remain in his hometown to attend to his mother’s health. In the absence of the bowler, Australian batting legend Steve Smith will lead the squad in the third Test.
Pat Cummins traveled to Sydney after the second Test in Delhi and has opted to spend another week with his dying mother, Gillian. The pacer was due to return for the third Test, which begins on March 1 in Indore. The Australian squad, though, will be without its prominent leader, with Steve Smith taking over as captain for the third Test.
“I chose not to return to India at this time since my mother is unwell and receiving palliative care. Feel most at ease being with my family. I am grateful for Cricket Australia’s and my teammates’ amazing support.” Thank you for your patience. ” Cummins said on Friday.
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On Sunday, the Australian squad will depart for Indore
The visitors are under a lot of strain after losing the first two Tests, and the absence of their skipper will make an implausible comeback even more difficult. Although there has been no news on Cummins’ absence, he may also miss the fourth Test in Ahmedabad, leaving leadership duties to his deputy Steve Smith.
Smith, who returned to the squad on Thursday after spending three days in Dubai with his wife, was notified of Cummins’ decision and saw head coach Andrew McDonald at their hotel on Friday morning before departing for Indore on Sunday. As Cummins was ruled out due to injury, the world’s second-best Test hitter lead the team against the West Indies in the second Test in Adelaide in December 2022.