Will Pat Cummins play limited-overs series against India?
First Published 16, Nov 2020, 6:09 PM
Pat Cummins recently participated in the Indian Premier League, in the United Arab Emirates. Playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, he had a decent season, finishing as the side's second-highest wicket-taker. However, it is unsure if he would play against India.
Team India is looking ahead to international resumption, as it is in Australia for a complete tour, comprising of series across formats. Furthermore, this would be Australia's second home series in the ongoing pandemic.
As both the teams gear up for the exhausting series ahead, Australian pacer Pat Cummins is yet to take a call whether he would participate in the limited-overs against the side. The tour gets underway with the ODIs from November 27, followed by the T20Is.
"(I) haven't made a final decision on that yet. (It's) unprecedented times, with so many people spending a large portion of time in these bubbles. So, we're going to keep all the conversations open, chat about that a bit closer to when we all get together. There's always cricket on, so we'll make sure we're all open about that, having those conversations," Cummins was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
Cummins took part in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He represented Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), where he finished as the side's second-highest wicket-taker, claiming 12 wickets in 14 matches, at an economy of 7.86, including a four-for.
Cummins has been in bio-bubbles since the England tour this August. Describing his experience in the bubbles as tiring, he emphasised on the fact that the players do need a mental break at times. "I wouldn't be surprised if there are times throughout the summer where some players might just need a little rest knowing, not only how busy this next couple of months is, but also a tour of South Africa (February-March) and a few away tours next year," he said.
"One of the benefits of being in a bubble in the UAE was we didn't spend much time travelling. A normal IPL we're on a flight every second day, different city, so I think sometimes that can be as draining as the playing part," added Cummins.
"No doubt as well, the six or seven months we had at home (during the winter), put us in a pretty good place leading into the England tour and IPL. Coming in fresh to those tours, it doesn't feel like the end of the summer, it feels like I'm ready to start the tour and in a pretty good place," Cummins further opined.
Meanwhile, Cummins stated that although he does not wish to intimidate the Indians, he won't mind if he does make an impact. "If it happens, I'll be happy. Hopefully, the (pitch) conditions will be what we as Aussies are accustomed to. Hopefully, they've got a bit more bounce and pace than you would a place like India so that home advantage might come into it," he concluded.