'It's not too bad' - Pat Cummins gives injury update and remains optimistic for ODI World Cup return
Pat Cummins fractured his wrist during the fifth Ashes Test in London.
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Pat Cummins led Australia to a 2-2 series draw in the Ashes and helped the World Test Champions to retain the urn. However, during the fifth Test at the Oval, the star all-rounder suffered a wrist injury, and scans revealed that it was a fracture. Fans were concerned regarding his involvement in the impending ODI World Cup. Cummins, however, has cleared the air as far as the extent of his injury is concerned and given an estimated date for his comeback.
The 30-year-old recently revealed that the injury isn't too bad and he is expecting to make a return during the ODI series against India in September, just ahead of the ODI World Cup. Cummins will be traveling with the squad for the five-match ODI series against South Africa, ahead of the India tour, but his participation against Temba Bavuma's men will depend on the state of his injury at that point in time. He is confident, however, of playing a part during the three-match ODI series against India.
"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. 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," Cummins was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Pat Cummins will be crucial for Australia in ODI World Cup with impressive numbers in India
Indian conditions are not really conducive to fast bowling. However, over the years, there have been a number of skilled pacers, who have managed to get commendable success in the cricket-crazy nation. Australia captain Pat Cummins is certainly one of them.
In the 13 ODIs Cummins has played in India, the right-arm seamer has picked up 20 wickets at an average of 30.05 and a strike rate of 36.40. His miserly economy rate of 4.95 gives an idea of how he has kept a tight leash on the batters. Cummins will be a player to watch out for in the upcoming World Cup in October-November.
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