The semi-final teams for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 being held in India have been decided. India were the first to qualify for the semi-finals. After this, South Africa and Australia made it to the knockout stage and finally the New Zealand team managed to reach the semi-finals. However, Australia had a very poor start. Australia had to face losses to India and South Africa in the opening matches. But after this the team made a tremendous comeback and won all the remaining matches to make it to the semi-finals. Australia will face South Africa in the second semi-final match of the tournament and both the teams are fully prepared for it. At the same time, the Australian captain has made a big claim over the captaincy in the ODI format ahead of the semi-finals and has expressed his desire to remain the ODI captain.
Pat Cummins was initially handed the Test captaincy but was also made the ODI captain following the sudden retirement of Aaron Finch last year. Cummins, who led Australia to the World Cup semi-finals with seven straight wins after losing the first two matches, has strengthened his claim to retain the captaincy.
Asked about his future as ODI captain, the 30-year-old Cummins said, “Absolutely. We will talk about it. Me, Andrew (head coach) and George (selector) all. After this tournament, the focus will be on Test cricket. .” “As has happened in the past, the focus shifts from white-ball cricket to Test cricket.”
He said, “I managed the workload very well and didn’t have to give up any single format.” Cummins, who pulled out of the IPL this year due to international commitments, will put his name forward in the auction for the 2024 season. The IPL will be played before the T20 World Cup in America and West Indies. Kolkata Knight Riders bought Cummins for Rs 7.5 crore in 2022.
Cummins said, “I feel that I haven’t played enough T20 cricket. I also feel that I haven’t played my best in this format yet. I will put my name in the IPL auction next year and be included in the World Cup squad. I am for selection. I will strengthen my claim.”