Aussies make major announcement on Pat Cummins for ODI series
Pat Cummins won't be featuring for Australia in upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand after taking time away from the game to recover.
In a strong sign for the Aussies, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa are all set to cut their time short during The Hundred competition in England to rejoin the ODI squad.
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However Cummins won't be joining the 14-man squad that will six ODIs in August and September in Townsville and Cairns.
Test captain Cummins is being managed through a period of rehabilitation and physical preparation for the upcoming summer.
Ashes player of the series Travis Head will also miss both ODI series for the birth of his partner's first baby.
In an exciting prospect, Townsville's Riverway Stadium will host Zimbabwe before international men's cricket returns to Cairns' Cazalys Stadium for three games against World No.1 New Zealand.
Leg-spinner Zampa returns following the birth of he and wife Harriet's first child, while Ashton Agar (side strain) and Sean Abbott (broken finger) rejoin the squad.
Aussies set to leave The Hundred competition
Eleven Australians will play in England's The Hundred competition across August and September, but Stoinis, Abbott, Maxwell and Zampa will miss the late stages of the tournament and join the national team.
Mitchell Swepson, Josh Inglis, Jhye Richardson and Matthew Kuhnemann drop out of the squad that lost the recent ODI series 3-2 in Sri Lanka.
The squad announcement comes after South Africa declared they wouldn't take part in the three ODIs at the end of the Test match series later his year.
The Proteas pulled out of the three ODIs, scheduled for Hobart, Sydney and Perth, due to a new Twenty20 league in South Africa.
While the Proteas will still take part in the scheduled Test series, Cricket South Africa's leaders last month told Cricket Australia they would not allow their players to stay Down Under for the white-ball series in fear of compromising the launch of their own domestic T20 league.
However, South Africa's staggering decision means they will forfeit all ICC Super League points to Australia, which may impact their ability to secure direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
The Proteas are currently languishing in 11th spot with 49 points.
Only the top eight teams from the 12 full member nations of the ICC, plus the Netherlands, will qualify for the World Cup.
The other five teams will battle for the remaining two spots in play-off matches against five Associate sides.
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