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Pat Cummins Might Miss ODI Series Against India Due to Potential Wrist Fracture

image-lkxur2iqPat Cummins with a strapped wirst (Twitter)

As the Australian cricket team braces for the upcoming ODI series against India, their skipper, Pat Cummins, might be forced to miss the high-voltage assignment due to a suspected broken wrist. Cricket Australia has not yet disclosed the specifics of the injury.

Injury scare looms over Aussie captain ahead of India tour

However, reports stated that Cummins hurt his wrist during the inaugural day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval London. Despite the injury scare, the Australian pace vanguard soldiered on with a heavily bound wrist for the remaining duration of the Test.

While the alleged fracture did not visibly affect Cummins' bowling, it was his apparent discomfort during his batting that triggered concerns.

Citing anonymous insiders, the 'Sydney Morning Herald' reported that medical experts are yet to rule out the likelihood of a fracture. The Australian contingent is scheduled to travel to India for the ODI series, kicking off in Mohali on September 22.

The Aussie captain, who had been at the forefront of a rigorous cricketing schedule that included five Ashes 2023 Tests and the World Test Championship final against India within a span of two months, was already expected to opt for a break.

Cricket Australia is slated to announce the squads for the white-ball tours of India and South Africa in the upcoming week. If Cummins is indeed side-lined, it is speculated that the all-rounder Mitchell Marsh might step in as the stand-in skipper. Marsh is also touted as a prospective candidate for the T20 captaincy.

It is worth mentioning that earlier this year, Australia's star batsman, Steve Smith, had assumed the captaincy role during Cummins' absence in India. 

Following their tour of India, Australia will gear up to lock horns with South Africa in a series comprising three T20Is and five ODIs, starting from August 30.