Australian Test captain Pat Cummins is currently in Sri Lanka, where his team is aiming for a clean sweep in the two-match Test series and has a busy schedule ahead of him, but it has been revealed that he will appear as a special guest at The Chappell Foundation annual fundraising dinner at the SCG on August 10.
Mr Darshak Mehtra, Chairman of the Foundation, confirmed the fact. As a result, Cummins will be yet another Australian skipper to make an appearance at cricket’s largest charity event. Former Test captain Tim Paine, two-time World Cup winner Ricky Ponting, late spin legend Shane Warne, and Jimmy Barnes are among those who have attended the Chappell Foundation annual charity dinner.
“We hear Cummins doesn’t mind an expensive wine having been introduced to the world of the fermented grape by no less than Dennis Lillee (a TCF patron). Cummins flew to Perth a few years back to work on fixing his bowling action with the former great. While that obviously worked a treat, the Australian captain says the wine habit he developed in the company of the great man has cost him a fortune since,” Mehta said according to Pak Observer.
Pat Cummins has led Australia to greater heights in red-ball cricket after being assigned the task of leading from the front. He led them to a 4-0 Ashes victory over archrival England in 2021/22, followed by a 1-0 win in Pakistan in March. The Australians have a 1-0 lead in the ongoing Sri Lanka Tests, and a win here would give them their second straight series victory in the subcontinent this year.