Cummins ruled out of Perth ODI

Paceman ruled out due to hamstring tightness but minor injury won't hurt preparations for SA tour

Paceman Pat Cummins has joined opener Aaron Finch in missing the fifth Gillette ODI against England in Perth today due to injury.

Cummins, who was player-of-the-match in Australia's win in Adelaide on Friday, has been withdrawn from the match due to a tight hamstring.

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The Aussies have opted to take no risks with the star quick ahead of the upcoming Qantas Test Tour of South Africa. Medical staff say the injury is minor and they have no concerns it will hamper his preparations for the four-Test series against the Proteas.

One of Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye is expected to take the place of Cummins alongside frontline quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Alternatively, if conditions suit the fast men, both Richardson and Tye could play and spinner Adam Zampa sit out.

The Aussies were without Finch in Adelaide and the in-form opener hasn't travelled to Perth as he too manages a minor hamstring problem. He's expected to be fit for the upcoming Gillette T20 Tri-Series against England and New Zealand.

On Saturday, Australia captain Steve Smith left the door ajar for Glenn Maxwell's readmission to the side after he'd been left out of the initial squad.

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Selectors pointed to Maxwell's below-par returns from his last 20 games in the 50-over format for Australia as the reason for the axing and Smith suggested he needed to "train smarter" to force his way back into the team.

But having re-joined the squad in Adelaide - where Australia got their first win of the series with a tight three-wicket victory - as cover for Finch, Smith said Maxwell could return for Sunday's clash which is expected to see a 55,000-strong crowd at the brand new Optus Stadium.

"He might get his chance tomorrow, we'll see how we go," a tight-lipped Smith told reporters prior to seeing the pitch on Saturday.

Asked if Maxwell could bat in the top-order, Smith said: "He could. It just depends on what we want to do and who's around. There's no reason he can't bat in the top three at some point."

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With Travis Head, who made the most of a promotion to the opening spot with a match-winning 96 in the Australia Day ODI, and vice-captain David Warner seemingly locks at Nos. 1 and 2, Cameron White would appear the most likely candidate to make way for Maxwell should selectors opt to make a change.

White has made 3 and 17 since being elevated to first-drop and said earlier this week he had not been given (nor expected) a guaranteed run of games in the position.

2017-18 International Fixtures

Gillette ODI Series v England

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

First ODI England won by five wickets at the MCG

Second ODI England won by four wickets at the Gabba

Third ODI England won by 16 runs at the SCG

Fourth ODI Australia won by three wickets at Adelaide Oval

Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28. Tickets

Prime Minister's XI

PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Tickets

Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series

Australia T20 squad: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.

First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Tickets

Second T20I Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets

Third T20I Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets

Fourth T20I NZ v England, Wellington, February 14

Fifth T20I NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final TBC, Eden Park, February 21

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