India vs Australia: Brett Lee questions Australia’s decision to rest Pat Cummins for T20Is

It probably wouldn’t have been Pat Cummins' call, he probably would have wanted to play, the players generally want to play: Brett Lee

Brett Lee and Pat Cummins
Brett Lee and Pat Cummins

The Australian clinched the recently-concluded three-match One Day International (ODI) series against India. The hosts won the first two matches in Sydney before losing the dead-rubber at the Manuka Oval, Canberra.

After winning the first two games, Australia decided to rest their star speedster Pat Cummins from the third clash. The kangaroos rested him from the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) as well to preserve Cummins for the all-important Tests matches. 

Former Australian pacer and current commentator Brett Lee questioned this decision of the Australian team management. The 44-year old reckoned that the players shouldn’t be tired after playing just two matches.

“It probably wouldn’t have been his call, he probably would have wanted to play, the players generally want to play. I would have thought after a couple of games they shouldn’t be tired,” Lee told 

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“I always found that for my rhythm personally that the more games I played, the better rhythm I had.

“If I had a week’s break, whether it be a break in the tournament or whether I was rested, it’s almost like you’ve got to go back and find that rhythm again,” he added. 

Cummins should play if he’s fully fit: Lee

Pat Cummins will now be seen during the Test series against India

Brett Lee said that should miss the limited-over matches only if he has some niggle or is suffering from an injury.  

“There could be a guy who is carrying a hamstring injury or a little niggle, shoulder might be a bit sore, and the best way to get them into their best preparation is to have a few days off. That’s fine but if they’re fully fit they should be playing.”

“The confidence is definitely back, and his pace is back. I expect that to continue all summer,” he signed off.

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