Pat Cummins Ahead of IND vs AUS
Pat Cummins on his fitness; Australia captain Pat Cummins is expected to play all three ODIs against India after recovering completely from a left wrist injury but said his new-ball partner Mitchell Marsh will not be able to play in the opening match on Friday. The Australia captain also hoped that Pat Cummins on Marnas Labuschagne will continue his good form in the series against India and strengthen his claim in the last 1 players of the World Cup team.
"We have a lot of people who are in different stages (of injury)," Cummins, who has recovered from a fractured left wrist, said at the pre-match press conference on Thursday. I am feeling pretty good. My wrist is fine now. I am 100 per cent fit. "In terms of the long list (of injured players), (Mitchell) is not available. We will give everyone a lot of chances to play matches but at the same time keep the World Cup in mind.
Steve Smith, who practiced on Wednesday evening, has also recovered from a wrist injury. Cummins said, "He (Smith) is fine and will play tomorrow. Labuschagne recently replaced All-rounder Cameron Green with a concussion against South Africa after being hit on the head.
"Marnus' name always runs through my mind, 24/7," Cummins said with a laugh. He was our best batsman in South Africa. Not only from a batting point of view, but his approach was also fantastic in South Africa. I am sure he will get a chance in the three games and he will push for his place," Cummins said.
In South Africa, Jumpa proved to be very expensive. "If you pick your four top bowlers, they should be ready to bowl at any stage," he said. So I wouldn't be surprised if we save two, three or four overs," he said.
Cummins said, "We want to prepare those combinations but do not want to get tired before playing the first match. We will try different combinations and a few different players will get a chance," Mitchell Marsh said, adding that Mitchell Marsh's captaincy impressed the regular captain and if he takes a break, the all-rounder will lead the side. Cummins is happy that all-rounders Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Green will strengthen Australia's batting.
"The more all-rounders you have, the stronger you can strengthen your batting. It gives you the option to pick four specialist bowlers or pick three bowlers and one batting all-rounder. "Hopefully Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) will come in later in the series but the other three guys (Green, Stoinis and Marsh) are bowling really well. So I feel confident," he said.
Maxwell and Ashton Agar are yet to arrive as they are on leave due to the death of their father and are expected to join the team during the series.