Cricket Australia has named the replacement for the fast bowler Pat Cummins for the T20I series against India. A like for like replacement will see the pacer Andrew Tye fly to India to take part in the series that will include 3 T20Is.
Cummins is currently a part of the ODI squad in the ongoing series. He is set to travel back after the completion of the ODI series. The board wants him to be fit for the iconic Ashes series that will start in November where Australia will host the arch-rivals England.
The pacer has been in the subcontinent for quite a while now. He first took part in the Test series against Bangladesh and then featured in the ODI series against India. The conditions in both countries have been pretty hot and humid and that’s why the board doesn’t want to take any chances. Cummins will be a vital cog in Australia’s Test side in the Ashes.
Andrew Tye, who is considered a T20 specialist, has a handful of experience of playing in the format. Although he has played just 5 T2oIs for the country, his experience of playing in various T20 leagues will come in handy.
Tye had played for the Aussies in the T20I series against India and Sri Lanka last year. He then went on to represent Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League. The 30-year-old had a pleasant outing as he picked up 12 wickets from just 6 matches and ended up being the leading wicket-taker for his franchise. His best figures of 17/5 came against Rising Pune Supergiant which also included a hattrick.
Australia’s T20I squad
Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (wk), Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Fixtures for the T20I series
1st T20I – October 7 at JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi
2nd T20I – October 10 at Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati
3rd T20I – October 13 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad