Pat Cummins will skip Australia’s third and final Twenty20 against Pakistan with a view to being fresh for the first Test at the Gabba.
The star spearhead is remaining behind in Sydney as Australia travel to Perth for Friday’s decider after taking a 1-0 series lead thanks to their commanding seven-wicket win on Tuesday.
Cummins claimed 1-19 from his four overs in Canberra but Australia are wary of adding to his heavy recent workload.
The world’s top-ranked Test bowler played every match of Australia’s Cricket World Cup and Ashes campaigns from June to September.
Australia head coach Justin Langer said: “We’ve got so much cricket on, he plays a lot of it, so when you get a little opportunity rather than taking the long flight to Perth [you take it]. He’s going to stay here, recover and get prepared for the Test series.”
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Australia and Pakistan will have just under two weeks to warm up for the first of their two five-day fixtures following Friday’s meeting at Optus Stadium.
Cummins could still take part in New South Wales’ next four-day Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia, which begins on Monday.