The newly ranked number one bowler in Tests, Pat Cummins, is set to star during India series. Meanwhile, Australia’s gloveman, Alex Carey remains excited to welcome Pat in the white-ball format. Since South Africa ODIs last year, Cummins has played just Test cricket. As his recent exploits in five-day cricket left the world talking about him; Carey believes the fast bowler must make the transition during the forthcoming limited-overs series. The two T20Is and five ODIs will begin on February 24th in Vizag.

Pat is welcomed with open hands – Carey

Ahead of the first T20I, Carey talked about Pat’s reception in the team. The wicketkeeper-batsman said everyone loved welcoming him on the board after what he had achieved of late. Further, he lavished praises on the pacer, saying Cummins is fantastic and it is great having him here; bowling in the nets.

“Yeah, the boys are loving it. They’re getting stuck into him too a bit. He’s (Pat) fantastic; it’s going to be great having him here,” Carey told cricket.com.au.

Pat Cummins, Alex Carey
Pat Cummins will lead the Australia pace attack during India series. Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, in the absence of star pacers – Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, the onus will fall on Cummins’ shoulder to deliver up front. Though Nathan Coulter Nile, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff are there on the squad too; it would be Pat’s job to give Australia an early breakthrough during an inning.

He’s professional with what he does – Carey

Alex Cary then opened up about Pat Cummins’ strength – adding the fast bowler is professional in his approach. He further lauded his all-round abilities – batting, bowling and fielding. Not only this, but Carey also said giving Pat more match time will evolve his game across three departments.

“For him, he’s really professional with what he does. His batting, bowling and fielding are solid across the board, and the more games he plays, he probably going to lead the pace attack; which is going to be great for him. He’s got some real form at the moment. So hopefully, he brings that into the white-ball format,” Alex Carey concluded.

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Australia’s squad for India series –

D’ Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Handscomb, Aaron Finch, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja, and Pat Cummins