Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins is all set to miss the remaining two ODIs of the five-match series against Pakistan after being rested by the national selectors ahead of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
The 25-year-old was not included in the Playing XI for the first two matches in the UAE, but he returned to the side for the third ODI against Pakistan and took three wickets in Australia’s 80-run win in Abu Dhabi.
As Australia have already taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, they have decided to give some rest to their star player with just two months to go to the 50-over mega event.
“Everyone in the Australian camp is hopeful, I’m hopeful and in high spirits.I’m not ruling out the World Cup at this stage, that’s definitely not an option.It’s all about getting the shoulder right at this stage,” cricket.com.au quoted Richardson as saying.
Insisting that injuries are a part and parcel of the game, the pacer said that he is now looking forward to get back on track quickly.
“The shoulder injury is unfortunate, but these things do happen and I’m eager to bounce back quickly,” he said.
The 2019 ICC World Cup is slated to take place from May 30 to July 14.