Australia lose 2 key players for rest of tournament against India!
Galatta | Nov 30, 2020, 03:06 pm
After the outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic brought on a big "Pause" to all sporting events, everything became uncertain. The T20 Cricket World Cup, which was supposed to happen this year, was postponed, as were a number of other sporting events and tours! However, once a window was created due to the postponement of the World Cup, the Indian Premier League was slotted in there and it just concluded recently in the UAE, with Mumbai Indians going on to become 5th time IPL champions! Almost immediately after that, the Indian players left for Australia, to compete in a full series here, including ODIs, T20s and Tests! The tour, after the completion of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for the touring players, kicked off with the ODIs and two of them are already done with India losing out in both of them.
Australia's batsmen have been unstoppable and have been on the rampage against the Indian bowlers, setting targets close to 400 in both the matches. The Indian batsmen have been failing to match their Australian couterparts and this has resulted in India, coming in second on both occasions! However, things have taken a turn for the worse, for Australia as they have just lost two of their most important players to injury. Australia's star opening batsman David Warner and pace bowler Pat Cummins have been ruled out of the rest of the limited overs series, against India. In the last ODI between India and Australia on Sunday, Warner limped off the field with what looked to be a groin strain.
Cricket Australia (CA) have now revealed that Warner has sustained a adductor muscle injury and will not take part in the remaining ODI as well as the T20 series. However, Australia hope that he would have recovered enough to participate in the Tests. D'Arcy Short has been roped in as his replacement for the T20s! CA have now added that Pat Cummins has been rested from the rest of the limited overs matches, to give him a break to recuperate ahead of the Tests. Australia's Coach Justin Langer has said, "Pat and Davey are critical to our plans for the Test series. Davey will work through his injury rehab and in Pat's case it is important all our players are managed well to keep them mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer."