Pat Cummins, the Australian cricket team’s skipper, will be seeking medical attention for a sore left wrist he sustained during the 5th and final Ashes Test against England at The Oval in London. The injury occurred during the early stages of the match when Cummins attempted a run-out on the field and landed awkwardly on his left wrist.
Throughout the Test, Cummins had his left wrist heavily strapped, and while he experienced discomfort while batting, he managed to continue bowling without much trouble. However, to ensure his speedy recovery, Cummins will need to rest for about three weeks. The extent of his injury is yet to be fully assessed, and if the recovery takes longer, he might miss the upcoming T20I series against South Africa, which is scheduled to begin on August 30 at the Kingsmead in Durban.
Cummins confirmed that he suffered the injury during the run-out attempt on the first day of The Oval Test. While he grappled with the physical pain of his sore left wrist, fellow pacer and teammate Mitchell Starc also played through discomfort, nursing an injury to his shoulder. Despite his injury, Starc’s exceptional performance earned him the title of Australia’s Player of the Series, taking 23 wickets at an average of 27.08.
“We’ll get [Cummins’ injury] assessed over the next few days and work out if anything needs to happen,” said the skipper, acknowledging the need for medical evaluation. He also praised Starc’s resilience in managing his shoulder injury throughout the match.
As the news of Cummins’ injury spreads, the Australian cricket team and fans will be eagerly awaiting further updates on his recovery and availability for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. The team management is likely to announce the touring party for the series next week, with the hope that Cummins can recuperate in time for the crucial matches ahead.