Australian fast bowler, Pat Cummins is not worried about the lack of runs from the bat of Steve Smith in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series against India. After starting the ODI series with two thunderous hundred, Smith’s form dipped and he has scores of 1,1*,0, and 8 in 4 innings.
There haven’t been significant contributions from other batters either- the hosts were bowled out 191 in the first innings in Adelaide, and for 195 and 200 in Melbourne, as India won the second Test by 8 wickets levelling the series.
They’ll come good: Pat Cummins
Cummins, the vice-captain of Australia’s Test team, said that he isn’t stressing much on the form of his side’s batters, Steve Smith in particular, in the series against India. Smith, currently the number 1 ranked ICC Test batsman and recently elected as the ICC Test cricketer of the decade, was expected to come good against India, against whom he has a tremendous record. However, the right-hander has been kept quiet by Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah.
Cummins opines that Smith has been in superb form for a long time and is just suffering a temporary blip in form like every player goes through. The top-ranked ICC Test bowler points out that half of the series is still left, and is confident that Australia’s batting line-up, which dominated the likes of Pakistan and New Zealand about 12 months ago, will return to their best in the next two matches.
As quoted by India Today, Pat Cummins said, “Absolutely no stress. They’ll come good. Steve’s been champion for a dozen years or so, so absolutely no stress at all. Every batter, every player, goes through ups and downs and the great ones find a way to get back, so yeah absolutely no stress that they’ll come good, I’m sure.”
“It’s only been two Test matches. It’s too small a sample size to say people need to change the way they go about things. It was only 12 months ago that our batters absolutely dominated,” Cummins said.
Australia’s left-handed opener, David Warner is expected to return to the line-up for the third Test in Sydney after recovering from a groin strain. The third Test is scheduled to commence on 7th January at the SCG.