Cummins rules himself out of final India Test

Australian captain Pat Cummins has ruled himself out of a return to India ahead of the fourth and final Test.

Cummins flew home to Sydney following the second match to be with his mother, who is in palliative care.

He missed last week’s win in Indore, and has now confirmed he will also miss the next match in Ahmedabad, which begins on Thursday.

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Steve Smith will continue to captain in Cummins’ absence.

The Aussies have no hope of taking the Border-Gavasker Trophy off India, having lost the first two matches of the series.

But last week’s epic win in Indore – which came in less than two and a half days on a dust bowl rated “poor” by the ICC – ensured the team will compete in the World Test Championship final in June.

That match in England is expected to be against India, but will be played on a pitch and in conditions much more conducive to the Australian team.

Before then, though, the Aussies have one final task on the subcontinent.

They can level the series if they win at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It’s incredibly rare for a touring team to win a match in India, let alone two in a series.

Australia has not won a Test series there since 2004, and that drought will continue.

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