Australia is ready to face India, says Pat Cummins
Australian pacer Pat Cummins feels they are far better prepared and equipped to face Team India. He insisted that this team is really capable while last time when Virat Kohli and men travel down under later in the year, they won the series.
Under the captaincy of Kohli, in the 2018-19 series, became the first Asian side to beat Australia in a Test series in their own home ground. The series was taken by them owing to performances from Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Kohli and the pace battery featuring Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
“I think we’ll be ready for them this time,” Cummins told cricket.com.au
Although, Australia were without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner in the last series. Because as both were serving their bans handed over to them by Cricket Australia for their ball tempering controversy. However, this time they are in the squad, thus providing strength to the team.
“Everyone’s a little more experienced this time because obviously we’ve got a couple of class batters back in the side and someone like Marnus (Labuschagne) has played a bit more and done brilliantly,”
“So I feel like we’re in a better position,” he added.
The world No. 1 Test bowler also said that the Australia bowling unit will need to “take their medicine” to outlast Pujara in the home series this summer.
Talking about Pujara He feels that he was one of the key factor for the series win. He was the top run-getter (521) in the series and faced a whopping 1,258 balls.
“He (Pujara) had a mammoth series for them (in 2018-19). He’s one of those players that’ll take his time, he’s in his own little bubble and he doesn’t get disturbed by too much,” Cummins said.
“We’ve got to find a way to outlast him if he bats the way he did last time. There wasn’t too much in the pitch so you couldn’t manufacture anything. So I think (we need to) take our medicine a bit more and try and outlast him,” he added.
Cummins is also hoping that unlike last time, Australian pitches will assist the hosts pacers. Therefore, they can disrupt the concentration of the Indian middle-order batting.
“But we’ll wait and see. Hopefully the wickets are a bit bouncier (and) we’ve got a few more options,” he said.
“They (India) showed us what you have to be, what level you have to be at, to be the best team in the world,” he added.