Despite lingering injury concerns, Australia has included Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, and Glenn Maxwell in their 15-man provisional squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, set to commence in India on October 5th.
Currently, all four players are absent from the ongoing limited-overs tour of South Africa as they work towards regaining full fitness before the tournament.
Captain Pat Cummins is in the process of recovering from a fractured hand sustained during the recent Ashes series in England. Meanwhile, Steve Smith is nursing a wrist injury, Glenn Maxwell has an ankle issue, and Mitchell Starc is dealing with a groin problem.
The deadline for finalizing the squad for the 50-over tournament is September 28th, and it appears that these four players are unlikely to participate in the upcoming five one-day internationals against South Africa, which are scheduled to begin on Thursday.