Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Thursday said he was hopeful of playing all three ODIs against India after recovering from his left wrist injury. His new ball partner, Mitchell Starc, though will miss the series opener.
Cummins also hoped that Marnus Labuschagne will continue his good form in the series in India and stake his claim in the final XV for the ODI World Cup.
“We have plenty of people at different stages. I am feeling pretty good. My wrist is all healed now. I am 100 per cent (fit). I will run around tomorrow and hope to play all three games,” Cummins, who had a left wrist fracture, said during a news conference on the eve of the first ODI on Thursday.
“In terms of long list, (Mitchell) Starcy isn’t available. We will give plenty of game time to everyone but also keep an eye on the World Cup.”
Steve Smith, who had a good hit on Wednesday evening, has also recovered from the wrist niggle.
“He (Smith) is all good and he will play tomorrow. He has got a few good hits and he looks hundred percent,” the skipper informed.
Labuschagne recently came in as a concussion substitute against South Africa after all-rounder Cameron Green got hit on the head.
“Marnus (Labuschagne) is always ringing in my head, 24 hours,” laughed Cummins. “He was fantastic. He was our best batter in South Africa. Not only batting wise, his intent was excellent there in South Africa. I am sure he will get his chance in three games and push for his spot.”
Cummins also hinted that Adam Zampa could be used in death overs. “Zamps is not only good in keeping the run-rate down but can also pick a couple of wickets in death overs, which could be hard on pace bowlers,” he said.