By Andrew McGlashan
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Pat Cummins targets return in ODIs against India
Pat Cummins is targeting a return in the ODIs against India in late September ahead of the World Cup as he recovers from the fractured wrist he suffered in the final Ashes Test at The Oval.
Recovery time and return date
Cummins has been wearing a cast on his left wrist with a recovery time of around six weeks, taking him up to mid-September.
- He will fly out to South Africa for the ODI leg of the tour with five games between September 7 and 17.
- The three matches in India immediately before the World Cup appear a more realistic return date.
Quotes from Pat Cummins
“It’s not too bad,” Cummins said. “I’ll head over to South Africa at the backend of that leg, but probably more those one-dayers ahead of the World Cup. Another few weeks and I’ll be right.
“It hurt day one when I did it and hurt a lot when I was batting but didn’t think it was too bad. With each day it got a bit sorer, so knew it was probably bone as opposed to muscle.”
ODI captain in Cummins’ absence
Cummins endorsed Mitchell Marsh as the logical option to lead the ODI side against South Africa in his absence.
- The captaincy for the ODIs has been shared around, and there could be a rotation of the role to manage players’ workloads before the World Cup.
- Mitchell Marsh is the most obvious choice if he’s doing the T20s as well.
Mitchell Marsh set to lead T20I team
Cummins termed Marsh “a real leader” and believes he will be an excellent fit for the T20I team.
Cummins’ future as captain
Cummins is expected to keep the ODI captaincy until the conclusion of the upcoming World Cup in India.
- Mitchell Marsh could be the frontrunner for the ODI captaincy in the future.
Written by Andrew McGlashan, Deputy Editor at ESPNcricinfo