Cummins set to be match for World Cup regardless of fractured left wrist

Australia captain Pat Cummins is anticipated to recuperate from a fractured left wrist forward of the World Cup however Marnus Labuschagne has been omitted from the squad.

Cummins can be sidelined for six weeks after injuring his non-bowling hand when diving within the outfield on the opening day of the final Ashes Take a look at on the Kia Oval earlier final month.

He was capable of play a full half within the final 4 days in a 49-run defeat to England that noticed an exciting, see-saw sequence end all-square at 2-2, with Australia retaining the urn as holders.

Cummins will miss three T20s in South Africa from 30 August to September 3, with Mitch Marsh stepping in as skipper, however is about to return for the five-match ODI leg of the tour from September 7-17.

Cummins, who has solely captained two ODIs since succeeding Aaron Finch final October, will lead Australia on to World Cup hosts India for 3 warm-up matches between September 22-27.

Australia then start their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to India in Chennai on October 8.

“Pat has an undisplaced fracture of his left radius which requires six weeks rehabilitation,” mentioned Australia’s chair of selectors George Bailey.

Marnus Labuschagne has been omitted from Australia's World Cup squad (Adam Davy/PA)
Marnus Labuschagne has been omitted from Australia’s World Cup squad (Adam Davy/PA)

“We count on him to hitch the squad in the course of the South African ODI Collection. We view a interval of enforced relaxation for Pat as a optimistic forward of this necessary World Cup marketing campaign.

“There are nonetheless a variety of video games he may play earlier than the World Cup which is greater than sufficient for him to have a robust preparation.”

Labuschagne has featured in Australia’s final 9 ODIs and 30 since making his debut in January 2020 however he has a modest profession common of 31.37 with only one century.

That dips to simply 22.30 in his final 14 ODI innings with a disappointing strike-rate of 69.87, which has led to Labuschagne being axed from the set-up.

Glenn Maxwell will miss the ODI series against South Africa (Martin Rickett/PA)
Glenn Maxwell will miss the ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa (Martin Rickett/PA)

The uncapped duo of leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha and all-rounder Aaron Hardie have been included in an 18-strong squad, which Australia will trim right down to a provisional 15 in September earlier than the World Cup.

Glenn Maxwell will miss the ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa as a consequence of paternity depart however is about to rejoin the Australia squad for the three-match sequence in India.

“This facet has been extraordinarily spectacular for a number of years in restricted overs cricket,” added Bailey. “There is a gigantic quantity of ability and expertise within the group which you want in a World Cup.”

Australian ODI squad: P Cummins (captain), S Abbott, A Agar, A Carey, N Ellis, C Inexperienced, A Hardie, J Hazlewood, T Head, J Inglis, M Marsh, G Maxwell, T Sangha, S Smith, M Starc, M Stoinis, D Warner, A Zampa.

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