Australia captain Pat Cummins, who has recovered from a left wrist injury, said on Tuesday he was eyeing a return to international cricket during his side’s three-match ODI series against India in late September ahead of the World Cup. Cummins, who broke his wrist during the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval (July 27-31), was advised to rest for six weeks. The pace bowler is expected to miss Australia’s five-game ODI series against South Africa between September 7 and 17. Australia will play ODIs against India on September 22nd, 24th and 27th.
“I will travel to South Africa at the end of this leg. But we’re probably looking more at those one-day games (against India) before the World Cup.
“It shouldn’t be that bad. A few more weeks and everything will be fine,” said Cummins, appearing confident that he will be at the World Cup, which takes place in India from October 5th to November 19th.
Cummins said he will likely evaluate his role as ODI captain after the World Cup.
“We shared the captaincy for the ODIs a bit. We’re going to go there and look at it,” he said.
Cummins said that Mitchell Marsh, who has been appointed Australia T20I captain, was the logical choice to succeed him in the ODI leader role.
“The good thing is that we have several options. (Mitchell Marsh) is probably the most obvious if he also makes the T20. Off the field he’s just a great people person. His energy is infectious, he’s great to hang out with, he’s always a lot of fun.” Cummins took over the position of Australia captain in the 50-over format from Aaron Finch last year, but since then he’s only had in two of the led six ODIs they attended.
He missed a game against England when Josh Hazlewood stepped in.
Steve Smith was leading Australia in a three-game ODI series against India earlier this year when Cummins returned home following the death of his mother.