Smith, Cummins return from injury but key duo ruled out of Australia’s ODI opener in India

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29: Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Mayank Agarwal of India during game two of the One Day International series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australia’s star white-ball duo Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell are on track to return from injury in the coming days in the World Cup warm-up series against India.

Maxwell (ankle) and Starc (groin) will miss the one-day international series-opener against India in Mohali starting on Friday (6pm AEST).

But captain Pat Cummins hopes both will feature in the three-game series, which continues on Sunday and Wednesday.

Cummins said he and stalwart Steve Smith are clear to play in the vital tune-ups to the 50-over World Cup which begins in India on October 5.

“Starc is here … hopefully he will be available later in the series,” Cummins told reporters in Mohali.


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