The veteran Australian players, David Warner and Pat Cummins have already been ruled out of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy and as per reports, they will be expected to miss the following ODI series as well. Warner, who fractured his elbow is currently recovering from his injury and thus, Cricket Australia will not be risking his injury, given the ODI World Cup is slated to take place later in the year.
When it comes to Pat Cummins, he is yet to decide but it’s very likely that he will skip the ODI series to be with his mother, who is in palliative care. Now, in case the all-rounder misses out, Steve Smith will be leading the Australian side in the three-match ODI series.
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Meanwhile, it is believed that the ODI series could have helped David Warner to revamp his red-ball career, as he is very likely to lose his place in the squad. Given his poor record in England, Australia may not consider him for the coming World Test Championship (WTC) final and for the Ashes as players like Travis Head have been doing well and they will be rewarded for the same.
As per a report by Zero Cricket, the flamboyant all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell is yet to recover completely from a freak injury and the board may hesitate to send him given the ODI World Cup later in the year.
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When it comes to Mitchell Marsh, the star all-rounder is expected to travel to India but may not play all the games. He recently suffered an ankle injury and has recovered but just like David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, the team management may not risk him by playing all the matches. On the other hand, ace pacer Jhye Richardson has re-aggravated his hamstring injury and will be replaced by Nathan Ellis in the white-ball series.
Announced Australia squad for ODI series in India – Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Ellis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa