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Pat Cummins to return to Australia ahead of third Test against India

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Pat Cummins will return to Australia due to a family illness but is expected to head back to India before the start of the third Test.

The Australia Test cricket captain will return home briefly due to a family illness while the rest of the team remains in the sub-continent.

The 29-year-old will travel to Sydney before re-joining the team in India ahead of the third Test in Indore that is set to start on March 1.

Cummins has taken three wickets at an average of 39.66 in the series so far as Australia has been outplayed by India and lost the opening two Tests.

An embattled Australia outfit will be looking to bounce back in the remaining two Tests in the series after India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a six-wicket victory in Delhi.

The Australia players will now take time to regroup before shifting their attention to the third Test at Holkar Cricket Stadium.

Cummins’ team were bowled out for 113 in their second innings of the second Test after a collapse early on day three.

India’s premium all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja took a Test career-best 7-42 to skittle Australia in Delhi.

In some positive news for Australia, Mitchell Swepson could rejoin the team after leaving the squad before the second Test for the birth of his first child.

Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), K L Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat


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