Michael Clarke disappointed with Pat Cummins’ exit from England challenge
Australian captain Michael Clarke has expressed serious disappointment over his strike bowler Pat Cummins’ exclusion from the ongoing clash against England. The young fast bowler was ruled out of the entire series after the Aussies suffered an embarrassing
six-wicket loss in the second ODI.
A strain injury had forced the team management to draw his name out of the opening game at Lord’s. In order to avoid any further mess, the selectors have excluded his name from the rest of the series.
Australia team doctor John Orchard said in a statement: "Pat sustained an abdominal muscle strain on his left side during the first ODI at Lord’s."
Whilst he was able to complete his 10 overs, he was sore after the game and was scanned, the results of which have revealed a medium grade side-strain. This will keep him out of the remainder of the England tour. His return to cricket will be decided in
due course, based on follow-up examinations in Australia."
Clarke was not reluctant to admit that Cummins’ absence is a huge loss for the side, especially after going 2-0 down in the series. Meanwhile, he was disappointed over his team’s two defeats, saying that the guys are determined to play better cricket in
the remaining matches.
He said, "It’s a big loss, not only for the team, but for him as well. He was looking forward to spending some time in England and getting some cricket under his belt, so it’s frustrating. Australia’s National Selection Panel no replacement bowler would
join the squad, as there are sufficient fast-bowlers available for selection in the tour party already.”
Australia brought Mitchell Johnson into the side as Cummins’ replacement at The Oval, but it worked against their favour, as the quick bowler gave away 43 runs in seven overs. On Cummins’ replacement, he stated:
“Mitch has been bowling very well in the nets. This was the second time in a matter of months that Cummins’ fledgling international career had been interrupted by injury, with this tour his first for Australia since a foot problem cut short his time in South
Africa after he took seven wickets on Test debut in Johannesburg in November."