After Shane Warne, Brett Lee has also slammed Australia’s team management to give rest to Pat Cummins after playing only the two ODIs against India. The premier pacer missed the last ODI which was a dead rubber as the host had already clinched the victory in the series after winning the first two ODIs.
Australia’s head coach Justin Langer had stated that they had rested Cummins to keep him mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer. However, Brett Lee doubts that the pacer would have agreed to take a rest.
“It probably wouldn’t have been his call, he probably would have wanted to play, the players generally want to play,” Brett Lee told Foxsports.com.au.
Pat Cummins should be playing: Brett Lee
He reasoned that the rhythm of players get disturbed when they are rested without any reason. He believes that if the player is fit, he should not be dropped.
“I would have thought after a couple of games they shouldn’t be tired. I always found that for my rhythm personally that the more games I played the better rhythm I had,” Lee further added.
“If I had a week’s break, whether it be a break in the tournament or whether I was rested, it’s almost like you’ve got to go back and find that rhythm again,” he said.
“There could be a guy who is carrying a hamstring injury or a little niggle, shoulder might be a bit sore, and the best way to get them into their best preparation is to have a few days off. That’s fine but if they’re fully fit they should be playing,” he concluded.