For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Melbourne: Australia is set to rest its fast-bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazzlewood for the first three ODIs against India in a bid to manage their workload ahead of a busy international calender. Cummins has been Australia’s top performer with both the ball and the bat in the just-concluded Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and coach Justin Langer insisted that it’s a great selection “conundrum” for the hosts for the ODI series which begins in Sydney on January 12. Langer said Australia need to keep its players fit and fresh ahead of busy 2019, which includes a World Cup and an Ashes tour and hinted that Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood may be rested in the ODI series against India ahead of the two Tests against Sri Lanka.“It’s the great conundrum for us, really, how we manage our bowlers. For example, we might not play them in the next three one-dayers so they’re ready for the next two (Tests) to keep them fresh,” Langer was quoted as saying by ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.Also Read | Cameron Bancroft returns to competitive cricket, plays for Perth Scorchers in Big Bash League“He (Cummins) has been brilliant, he’s been outstanding but then – as soon as we do that they want to play and also then everyone else would be on our back saying: ‘Why aren’t they playing every single game?’ But if you play every game – we’ve also got a World Cup and Ashes next year – we want him fresh for those things.”Cummins, who has been Australia’s best fast bowler in the first three Tests against India with 14 wickets at an average of 20.07, had earlier missed the ODI series in England and the two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE owing to injuries.The lanky pacer is one of several Australian cricketers, who will not feature in the 2019 IPL because of a packed international calendar.“You look at every year on an individual basis and the player as well. There might be times when it’s a really good thing for them to be playing IPL. But there’s so much cricket now. The players individually – and us as management – have to make sure we get the balance right so everyone is happy and playing cricket,” Langer said.Read More | Bangladesh lifts Steve Smith’s Twenty20 tournament ban“So getting that management right and staying true to the management, so we can have him (Cummins) fit and firing – we’ve got to be strong with that because there’s got to be a lot of people with different opinions as to whether they should play every game.“But we know it’s really hard to play all year around because they need to keep their bodies as fresh and strong (as possible) and then be bowling at the level we want them to be at. It’s a real balancing act as well,” he added.
There’s plenty of local GAA action on around the county this weekend.First up this afternoon is the meeting of near neighbours Arravele Rovers and Galtee Rovers in the West Senior Football Final.Both have to win west to stay in the county, however Galtee Rovers have the upper hand, having beaten Arravale in the recent O’Donoghue Cup final. Photo ©Stephen Gleeson The game throws in in Annacarthy at 3 o’clock, and Arravale Selector Tommy Twoomey says they’ll have to be ready for the Galtee’s challenge…Before that game, at 1.30, Rockwell Rovers meet Clonoulty Rossmore in the intermediate decider.Then this evening at half 5, Killenaule meet Carrick Swans in the South Senior Hurling Final.Swans are the most decorated south tipp hurling club with 22 south titles to their name.However, Killenaule have 21 titles, and a win this evening would see them level with Swans.That game is on in Fethard.Also down for decision this evening is the North Senior hurling final which throws in at 6pm in NenaghNenagh Eire Og face Borrisoleigh, in what is expected to be a pulsating game.Borrisoleigh Coach Johnny Kelly is a Portumna man, and with the Galway in the All Ireland Final tomorrow, he says his sole focus is on the North game…Finally this evening sees the Mid Tipp Intermediate hurling final at 6 o clock in Holycross.It sees Thurles Sarsfields up against Gortnahoe Glengoole.