Australian players wear black arm-bands as a mark of respect for Pat Cummins’ mother who passed away on Friday | INDvsAUS

Xtra Time Web Desk: Australian skipper Pat Cummins on Friday lost his mother Maria Cummins.  She was battling cancer. Cummins left for Sydney after the second test match against India to be by the side of his mother. As a mark of respect, the Australian players wore black arm-bands on Day 2 of the Ahmedabad Test. 

“I feel I am best being here with my family. I appreciate the overwhelming support I have received from Cricket Australia and my teammates. Thanks for your understanding,” Cummins said, while explaining his decision to leave India.

The 29-year-old had revealed that his mother, who was sadly first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2005, had been battling a serious illness in recent weeks.

“We are deeply saddened at the passing of Maria Cummins overnight. On behalf of Australian Cricket, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Pat, the Cummins family, and their friends. The Australian Men’s team will today wear black armbands as a mark of respect,” Cricket Australia in a statement confirmed.

Cummins is unlikely to return to India for the three match ODI series which will follow the test series.