EXPLAINED: Why Australian team is wearing black armbands on Day 2 of fourth Test against India

The Australian team is seen wearing black armbands on the second day of the fourth Test against India in Ahmedabad. The visitors will look to continue to pile on runs from their overnight score of 255 with the left-handed Usman Khawaja unbeaten on a hundred while Cameron Green scored a quickfire 49 before the stumps on the opening day.

Updated Mar 10, 2023 | 10:00 AM IST

The Australian team was seen wearing black armbands on the second day of the Ahmedabad Test against India

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  • The Australian team is seen wearing black armbands on the second day of the fourth Test match against India
  • Australia were 255/4 at the stumps on Day 1 in Ahmedabad
  • Usman Khawaja after a couple of half-centuries in the series reached the three-figure mark as Australia look to post a big first-innings total
Australia dominated the proceedings on the opening day of the fourth Test against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad with Usman Khawaja getting a hundred. However, the second day began for the visitors on a rather somber note as regular Test and ODI captain Pat Cummins ' mother Maria passed away overnight. Cummins, who went back home after the completion of the second Test in Delhi, was with his ailing mother. The captain was set to return in a few days during the one-week break between the second and the third Test, however, decided against returning with his mother placed in palliative care.
Cummins' mother was battling a prolonged illness and passed away overnight in Sydney. Cricket Australia took to Twitter to offer its condolences for Cummins' mother in a statement. As a mark of respect, the whole Australian team will be sporting black armbands on Friday, March 10, the second day of the fourth Test.

Pat Cummins with his mother and sisters (Instagram)

"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 wrote in a statement.

While earlier it was reported that Cummins would return after the third Test but stayed to be with his mother instead. However, it was great for Cummins that he didn't have to worry about cricket with vice-captain Steve Smith stepping up. Smith led Australia to their first win of the series in the third Test in Indore after the visitors were 0-2 down.
Now, on probably the best batting surface of the series, the Australian team started well yet again as Khawaja got to a hundred and Cameron Green notched up the solitary run to get to his fifty after being unbeaten on 49 overnight.
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