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Pat Cummins’ luggage lost; Travel troubles plague Australian T20 World Cup squad

Pat Cummins’ luggage lost; Travel troubles plague Australian T20 World Cup squad

Australia begins their World Cup campaign against Oman on Wednesday (Thursday IST). All eyes will be on the team to see if they can overcome these logistical hurdles and emerge as strong contenders for the coveted T20 World Cup title.

The Australian cricket team has finally assembled its full force in Barbados, ready to kick off their T20 World Cup campaign. However, the journey to get there wasn’t without its challenges. Key players Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Glenn Maxwell faced travel disruptions after participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs.

Pat Cummins lost luggage and lengthy layovers

Pat Cummins, captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL, returned home briefly after the final in Chennai. His journey to Barbados then turned into a two-day odyssey, according to cricket.com.au. To add insult to injury, Cummins even lost some of his luggage during the lengthy layovers. Thankfully, the missing items were later recovered.

Starc and Maxwell’s Travel Delays

Mitchell Starc, who emerged victorious with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL final, and Glenn Maxwell, whose Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were eliminated in the playoffs, also encountered travel issues. Their route to Barbados included overnight stays in both Los Angeles and Miami, causing unnecessary delays.

Warm-Up Match Impacted

These travel tribulations had a ripple effect on the team’s preparations. Marcus Stoinis was unable to participate in a crucial warm-up match against the West Indies due to his cricket kit failing to arrive in Trinidad. The missing players forced some unconventional solutions: Chief Selector George Bailey, Head Coach Andrew McDonald, and even fielding coach Andre Borovec had to take the field as substitutes during the warm-up game against Namibia.

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Full strength achieved, but questions remain

While the Australian team is finally complete, these travel troubles raise concerns about their preparedness for the high-pressure environment of the World Cup. Whether the jet lag and disruption to their training schedule will affect their performance on the field remains to be seen.

Australia begins their World Cup campaign against Oman on Wednesday (Thursday IST). All eyes will be on the team to see if they can overcome these logistical hurdles and emerge as strong contenders for the coveted T20 World Cup title.

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