The results so far haven’t been the only wound that is being tended to by the Australian cricket team at the moment but the mounting list of injuries and departures have been simply the vitriol being hurled in the wounds of the visitors, making this a trip to forget.
Already depleted of David Warner after he ended up hurting his elbow followed by a concussion and Josh Hazlewood who couldn’t get fit in time, Australia will now have to deal with the absence of Pat Cummins who left for a family illness and will not be able to make it back in time as reported by ESPNCricinfo.
Cummins left India just hours after defeat to India in the second Test to be with his mother who was seriously ill. He was slated to return to India in the weekend and join the Australian cricket team on Sunday ahead of the third Test at Indore. However, Cummins wanted some time for himself with his family and would not be joining the Australian side as reported by ESPNCricinfo.
In a statement made by the Aussie skipper, Cummins said, “I have decided against returning to India at this time as my mother is ill and in palliative care. I feel I am best being here with my family. I appreciate the overwhelming support I have received from Cricket Australia and my team-mates. Thanks for your understanding.”
However, in a note of reprieve, Australia will be elated to welcome back Mitchell Starc to the line up after the lanky quick was absent from the first two Tests due to a finger injury and he will also be joined by Scott Boland who had a similar woe. Ashton Agar, the man who was touted to come in place of Kuhnemann had to also depart due to an injury. As India gears up for the third Test in Indore this is going to be a very important fixture as a win in this will help India secure a place in the WTC final at Oval while any other result will intensify the frowns on the Indian faces.