Maria Cummins, mother of Australian Test captain Pat Cummins, died overnight, Cricket Australia confirmed.
The news broke prior to play on day two of Australia’s fourth Test with India in Ahmedabad.
The team will wear black armbands as a sign of respect.
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Cummins’ mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 when Cummins was still in school in year seven. After undergoing chemotherapy, she went into remission.
However, a year ago, her cancer returned. Before her passing, she was put into palliative care.
“We are deeply saddened at the passing of Maria Cummins overnight,” read a statement.
“On behalf of Australian Cricket, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Pat, the Cummins family and their friends.
“The Australian men’s team will today wear black armbands as a mark of respect.”
The BCCI offered Cummins its condolences.
“On behalf of Indian Cricket, we express our sadness at the passing away of Pat Cummins mother,” a statement read.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family in this difficult period.”
Cummins opted to sit out of the third Test to be at his mother’s bedside. He has remained out of the side since.
Steve Smith took the captain’s post, leading the team to its first win of the series in Indore.
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