IND vs AUS 2022-23: 'Will pick the bowlers that we think are going to take 20 wickets' - Pat Cummins
IND vs AUS 2022-23: Australia is preparing in India for the four Tests for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Meanwhile, Aussie skipper Pat Cummins has stated that the side has bowling options aplenty.
Australian captain Pat Cummins on Saturday said his team is not fretting over its spin combination as it has enough options to support veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the high-profile four-match Test series against India beginning in Nagpur on Thursday. The touring Australians have named Mitchell Swepson and finger spinner Ashton Agar to team up with Lyon.
"We've got plenty of options here [with] finger spin, wrist spin, left arm [pace] when [Mitchell] Starcy comes back. We'll pick the bowlers that we think will take 20 wickets. But, how we split that up, we're not 100 per cent sure yet," Cummins told reporters in his first media interaction after arriving in India.
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Asked if it would be a two-pronged spin attack, he said: "I wouldn't say it's a given. It's very conditions-dependent. Particularly in the first test, once we get to Nagpur, we will see that." The Australians are here for a training camp before heading to Nagpur on Monday. "The good thing is someone like Agar was in our last team. Swepson played the last two overseas tours, so a bit of experience. Murphy played in the last tour. We feel we got a lot of support in that department for Lyon," he continued.
The 29-year-old Cummins pointed out that middle-order batter Travis Head offers the off-spin option. "Travis Head also bowls good off-spin. We have to balance things. We have got plenty of variety there to choose from. We have not locked in any bowling line-up so far," he explained. While there is so much talk about spin bowling, Cummins said his side should remember their intimidating pace bowling attack.
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"I think, talking about a couple of spinners, you forget how good our fast bowlers have been in all conditions. Even some of the SCG wickets, there haven't been a lot in them for quick bowlers, but the quick bowlers have found a way," he mentioned. Cummins has come a long way since he made a Test comeback after six years in Ranchi during his last India tour in 2017.
An injury-prone Cummins then dished out a hostile spell to dismiss the star Indian trio of KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane en route to figures of 4/106. "It was my first test in six years. I wanted to reaffirm that's where I wanted to be in Test cricket. I enjoyed that spell. You can't be worried about your body or different things. You just got to go all out. I enjoyed that," he recognised.
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"Test cricket can be harsh. You have got to accept that it's going to be grinding times, and you got to be out for it and embrace that challenge. Coming here to India when a lot of the talks are around, big spinning wicket, it's only sometimes the case. It would be best if you got into the grind at times. That role of the fast bowler, bowling a lot of overs for not a heap of reward but doing your job for your team. I enjoy that aspect of the last tour. Much to play for this time," concluded Cummins.
(With inputs from PTI)