David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, and Marcus Stoinis are some big Australian names that participated in the first phase of the IPL 2021.
However, if reports are to be believed, Australia pace bowlers Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, and Riley Meredith are likely to pull out of the second phase of the tournament. Notably, none of them featured in the recent away tours – Bangladesh and West Indies citing personal reasons.
Pat Cummins plays for Kolkata Knight Riders while Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson represent Punjab Kings in the IPL 2021. Coming to the impact on the IPL, Cummins’ absence will be another blow for KKR as the Kolkata-based franchise is already dealing hardships and is currently reeling at the bottom of the points table.
According to Cricket.com.au, Steve Smith, David Warner, and Glenn Maxwell are most likely expected to return for the second phase of the tournament. Fast bowler Nathan Ellis is in talks to replace a player in a cash-rich league.
Nathan Ellis recently made his T20 debut for Australia and had made an impact in the very first match as he became the first player to pick up a hat-trick in the shortest format on debut.