Pat Cummins to remain home for the third test

Steve Smith will take the captaincy reins in India after Australia announced captain Pat Cummins would not return for the third Test in Indore next week due to a family illness.

Cummins flew home to Sydney following the Aussies’ second-Test defeat last week, explaining in a statement that his mother “is ill and in palliative care”. He was expected to return before 29th to practice for the third test but now he had to remain home. They are keeping the door open for him to return for the fourth Test in Ahmedabad, but Smith could end up captaining in both the remaining matches.

“I have decided against returning to India at this time,” said Cummins. "I feel I am best being here with my family.

“I appreciate the overwhelming support I have received from Cricket Australia and my teammates. Thanks for your understanding.”

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