The injury has necessitated Cummins' absence from the initial leg of Australia's white-ball tour to South Africa, which features a three-match T20 international series commencing on August 31. 

Despite his setback, Cummins is optimistic about his recovery trajectory, indicating his intent to rejoin the team for the series against India preceding the World Cup.

Cummins' role as the captain of the ODI side has garnered significant attention and discussion

Cummins' leadership as captain of the ODI side has been a focal point of discussion. National selector George Bailey previously hinted at the likelihood of sharing the ODI captaincy responsibilities during the upcoming series against South Africa. 

Cummins' injury further underscores the complexity of balancing captaincy duties with his bowling role and potential Test captaincy responsibilities.

Regarding his future as captain, Cummins expressed, "I haven't thought about it too much to be honest. We'll play this World Cup and then assess it after that." He acknowledged the array of options available for the South Africa series, with newly-appointed T20 captain Mitch Marsh being a prominent candidate.

"I'll head over to South Africa at the back-end of that leg," Cummins affirmed. "But we're probably looking more at those one-dayers ahead of the World Cup. It shouldn't be too bad. Another few weeks and it'll be right."

While Cummins' absence during the South Africa series is a setback, his determination to recover in time for the World Cup shines through. Cricket enthusiasts eagerly await his return to the pitch, and the cricketing world is abuzz with speculation about the leadership dynamics within the Australian team. 

With Cummins' injury providing a twist in the narrative, the stage is set for an intriguing period of cricket action in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Source: AAP