After taking Australia home in the third Test of the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023, Steven Smith will continue as the captain of the side in Pat Cummins' absence in the fourth and final Test of the series. Cricket Australia confirmed the news on Monday. However, there is no update about Cummins' availability for the three-match ODI series.
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"Australia have confirmed Steve Smith will again captain the Test side in their Border Gavaskar Trophy series-concluding match in Ahmedabad. Pat Cummins, who departed the tour following the second Test in Delhi last month, will remain in Sydney where his mother Maria is ill with breast cancer and is in palliative care," CA confirmed through cricket.com.au.
"No call has yet been made on Cummins' availability for the three-match ODI series that follows the Tests, with the fast bowler having also been appointed as 50-over captain last year."
Earlier, after the third Test win, Steve Smith had claimed that his time as captain of the side was over and Pat Cummins is still the leader of the pack. “My time is done. It’s Pat’s team now. I’ve obviously been able to stand in this week, obviously in tough circumstances with Patty going home. Our thoughts are still with him back home,” Smith said.
Australia squad for 4th Test: Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson, Scott Boland, Lance Morris
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat, Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat
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