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Australia rest Pat Cummins for final T20I against Pakistan
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Australia rest Pat Cummins for final T20I against Pakistan

Pat Cummins is set to miss the final T20I of the three-match series against Pakistan in a bid to prepare for the upcoming Tests.

The right-arm paceman returned figures of 1-19 in four overs on Tuesday as Australia attained an unassailable 1-0 lead after triumphing in the second game by seven wickets.

Cummins, who tops the ICC rankings for bowlers in Tests, has been a permanent member of Australia's side across all three formats.

He was the sole fast bowler in the Australia line-up to feature in every game of the Ashes earlier this summer ending as the leading wicket-taker among both sides with 29 scalps at an average of 19.62.

The decision to bench Cummins for the third T20I in Perth suggests the need to manage his workload ahead of the five Tests at home involving Pakistan and New Zealand.

"It's a little bit of recovery and preparing for the Test matches. We've got so much cricket on and he plays a lot of it so now that we've got the opportunity, rather than take the long flight to Perth he is going to stay here and get prepared for the Test series," Australia head coach Justin Langer stated.

Langer also alluded to the importance of keeping their best bowling options available for the T20 World Cup next year - a format where Australia could previously afford to rest several key players.

"As I've said earlier, there is going to be a far greater focus on T20 cricket with the World Cup coming up. In the past, we have probably used these opportunities to rest some of those guys but we need to get better at it."

"T20 cricket is a priority for Australia so therefore you want to play your best players as often as you can."

Meanwhile, Cummins is expected to play the Sheffield Shield fixture between New South Wales and Western Australia to get ready for the international red-ball assignments.

The 26-year-old's absence in the side presents another opportunity for Sean Abbott to don national colours after being overlooked for a spot in the playing XI during the Sri Lanka series.

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