Pat Cummins mother Maria has died with the Australian Test cricket side to pay tribute against India

Pat Cummins’ mother Maria has died with the Australian Test cricket side to pay tribute to their skipper and his loss in fourth match against India

Maria Cummins, the mother of Australian men’s Test cricket team captain Pat Cummins, has died.   

The cricketer left India after the second Test of the four-match series in India to be by his mum’s side at home in Sydney. 

Maria was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. The cancer returned in early 2022 before reaching the point where she was moved to palliative care. 

‘I feel I am best being here with my family,’ he said in a statement at the time.

‘I appreciate the overwhelming support I have received from Cricket Australia and my teammates. Thanks for your understanding.’

His teammates will wear black armbands in the fourth Test against India on Friday to honour their captain and Maria.  

Maria Cummins (left) with Pat Cummins and his sisters Laura and Kara during happier times

Cricket Australia posted the following statement: 

‘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 statement read.

‘The Australian Men’s team will today wear black armbands as a mark of respect.’

Previously the Barmy Army, the travelling supporter group for the English Test cricket side, paid tribute to Maria by playing a song in her name at a Test match against New Zealand.

Cummins personally thanked the Barmy Army for their gesture. 

‘This is amazing @TheBarmyArmy, thank you. Mum loved watching this and felt very touched,’ he posted at the time. 

The tributes have begun to roll in from former Aussie Test cricket players.

Former pace bowler Brendon Julian said in commentary: ‘Just before we start today, our prayers and thoughts and condolences go out to the Pat Cummins family, with mother Maria passing away and the Australian players will wear a black armband.’

‘Our hearts and prayers are with Patty and his family at this time,’ added fellow Fox Sports analyst and former Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.