Pat Cummins conceded his elevation to Australia’s Test and now one-day captaincy and his desire to be “mentally fresh” for every game was key to him opting out of the Indian Premier League and a possible million dollar payday.
After declaring he was over a bout of gastro which left him bedridden at home and ready to start his ODI captaincy against England in Adelaide on Thursday, Cummins said the physical and mental workload in front of him demanded he find time for a break.
That meant skipping the IPL, like three-format teammate Mitch Starc with the Australians staring at 100 days cricket before next year’s 50-over World Cup in India.
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“I really do love playing in the IPL but just looking at the schedule the decision was pretty easy,” Cummins said on…