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Pat Cummins rested in final T20I against Pakistan

Pat Cummins is expected to play in New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia at SCG.

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Pat Cummins rested in final T20I against Pakistan
Pat Cummins. Photo: Cricket Australia

Australia’s pace spearhead Pat Cummins will be rested in the final shortest format match of the series against visiting Pakistan.

According to Australian media reports, the fast bowler did not fly from Canberra to Perth to join with the squad. Earlier on Tuesday, Australia defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The first match was abandoned due to rain.

Australia coach Justin Langer said,

“It’s a little bit of recovery and preparing for the Test match.

“We”ve got so much cricket on, he (Cummins) plays a lot of it so when you get a little opportunity rather than taking the long flight to Perth he”s going to stay here, recover and get prepared for the Test series.

“But we need to get better at it, it’s something that is a priority for Australian cricket. So, therefore, you want to play your best players as often as you can,” he added.

In last two weeks, Cummins was involved in five T20Is. However, the right-arm pacer is expected to play in New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia at the SCG on Monday, which will also feature big guns like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith and David Warner.

This match would be their only red-ball game ahead of the crucial Test series against Pakistan.

“In the past we have used these opportunities to rest some of those guys,” Langer said. We’re working to build all our bowling stocks so they are able to do those jobs for us. We’re really lucky, we’ve got great depth of squad,” the Aussie coach said.

Cricket Australia will name the Test squad late next week for the two-match series against Pakistan beginning November 21 after the third and final T20I will be played on November 8.

 

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