Australia skipper Pat Cummins has confirmed his participation in the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He pulled out of the tournament last season citing international commitments.
The pacer expressed excitement to go back into the IPL auction. He sees the IPL 2024 as an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup next year. He also feels that his best is yet to come in the shortest format.
“I haven’t played a lot of T20 cricket and my best is yet to come in this format. I’m really excited to go into the IPL auction for next year to prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup. I want to be a part of the side,” he told Cricket.com.au.
However, Mitchell Marsh is the front-runner to lead the Aussies at the marquee event. Addressing it, Cummins said that he just wants to be part of the side and not worried about the captaincy role as Marsh performed it with accuracy. “I just want to play and I am not sure about captaincy as Marsh did a fantastic job in South Africa,” he added.
Australia set to face South Africa in semi-final
The Pat Cummins-led Australia are all set to face arch-rivals South Africa in the second semi-final of the ongoing World Cup. The match will be played at the iconic Eden Gardens on Thursday (November 16).
The contest will be a close tie as both the teams have played good cricket throughout the league stage. South Africa’s strength lies in their batting, which has been ruthless.
Australia, on the other hand, struggled to make their path into the semis. However, they seemed completely on track in the last few games. Their batters have started clicking the boxes and the bowling is doing decent enough collectively.