Pat Cummins Won’t Return To India For Third Test Of Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Steve Smith To Lead


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Australia captain Pat Cummins will miss the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India, which is scheduled to beging in Indore from March 1. Cummins, who flew home to Sydney following Australia’s defeat in the second Test due to his mother’s illness, was expected to return to India for the third Test beginning Wednesday. However, the 29-year-old has confirmed that he would not be available for the Indore Test due to his mother’s illness. In his absence, Steve Smith will lead the team.

“I have decided against returning to India at this time. I feel I am best being here with my family,” Cummins was quoted as saying by

“I appreciate the overwhelming support I have received from Cricket Australia and my teammates. Thanks for your understanding,” he added.

With a nine-day break between Tests following the three-day finish in Delhi, it was expected that Cummins would rejoin the team ahead of the third Test.

Smith, on the other hand, spent four days in Dubai with his wife Dani following the second Test before re-joining the Australia squad in Delhi on Thursday evening.

He will lead Australia for the third time since his reinstatement as vice-captain in late 2021 when Cummins took over leadership from Tim Paine.

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