Perth, November 6: Right-arm Australia pacer Pat Cummins has been rested for the third and final T20I against Pakistan set to be played on Friday. According to a report in cricket.com.au, Cummins didn't join the squad that flew down from Canberra to Perth, and instead went to Sydney. On Tuesday, Australia defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. "We've got so much cricket on, he (Cummins) plays a lot of it so when you get a little opportunity rather than taking the long flight to Perth he's going to stay here, recover and get prepared for the Test series," Australia coach Justin Langer said on Wednesday. Australia vs Pakistan: Babar Azam Gets Angry at Asif Ali for Losing His Wicket in the 2nd T20I (Watch Video).
However, the right-arm pacer is expected to play in New South Wales' Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia at the SCG on Monday, which will also include other national team players like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith and David Warner. Cummins has been involved in five T20Is in the last two weeks, the longest stretch of games for him in the format since the 2012 World T20. Australia vs Pakistan 2nd T20I Match Result: Steven Smith Powers Aussies to 7-Wicket Win Over Pak at Manuka Oval.
Cricket Australia will name the Test squad late next week for the two-match series against Pakistan beginning November 21.