Australian pacer Pat Cummins will skip the upcoming three-match T20I series in India and return home instead to prepare for the Ashes, Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday (September 22).
“Pat Cummins has played a considerable amount of cricket this year after a long period away from the game due to injury,” national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement. “His body has handled the return to international cricket well, but we believe the best plan for him ahead of the Ashes Series is to return home to refresh, both mentally and physically, before he prepares for Sheffield Shield cricket.”
Australian selectors have decided to give Cummins some rest after the conclusion of the ongoing five-match ODI series, which the tourists trail 0-2. The remaining three ODIs are due to be played in Indore (September 24), Bangalore (September 28) and Nagpur (October 1), after which the pacer will travel home to be fresh for the 2017-18 Sheffield Shield season, in the lead up to the marquee tournament against England later in the year.