Speedster Pat Cummins is set to miss Australia’s next World Cup clash against Afghanistan at Perth (February 4th) after suffering a “slight side-strain” in the previous match against New Zealand, which Australia lost by 1 wicket.
A Cricket Australia spokesman said Cummins reported about the issue after the New Zealand game on February 28th but the scans showed “nothing serious”. He will now be monitored by Australia’s medical team staff and Clarke would hope that he gets fit in time for Sri Lanka clash on March 8th at Sydney, in what could be an important match in terms of a quarter-final qualification.
For the Afghanistan match, his absence might pave the way for all-rounder James Faulkner, who will return after suffering a side-strain in Carlton Mid-ODI Tri-Series in January. But as the Perth’s pitch assists fast-bowlers more, Clarke might go in with Josh Hazlewood as the third-genuine seamer.
Australia, one of the pre-tournament favourites, started their World Cup campaign with a brilliant 111-run win over arch-rivals England. Against Bangladesh, it was a wash-out and they lost to New Zealand in a nail-biting finish at Auckland.