As the Australian Cricket team embark on an ODI tour to India after completing a near-perfect summer, Australian speedster Pat Cummins names the significant factor in the three-match series. One of the two vice-captains in the squad believes that spinners will have a huge role to play in the sub-continent tracks. The men in yellow will play their first ODI on the 14th of January since their semi-final exit against England in the 2019 World Cup.
The last time Australia toured India, they stunned India by winning the five-match series from being down by 0-2. Pat Cummins had a significant role to play in their triumph, having bagged 14 wickets in five games. Back then, the tourists arrived with a depleted side; however, this time, they come with a near full-strength team. The likes of Steven Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood are all part of the squad.
Ahead of the squad’s departure, the 26-year old feels that spinners have a big part to play in India more than any other region in the world. At the same time, he also conceded that it’s rare that for curators to serve a dust-spinning deck for a One-day international. He further said that the previous time, they played with two spinners, who were quite crucial in the middle-overs. The visitors opted for Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon the last time while left-arm spinner Ashton Agar will share the spinning duties with wrist-spinner Zampa this time.
“I think spinners play a bigger part in India than they do around the world but it’s rare you get a big spinning dust bowl for a one day international. Last series I think we played two spinners, they also played two so they are certainly important, especially in the middle overs.” Cummins said as quoted by Times Now.
Pat Cummins addresses the challenges of Indian conditions:
The number one ranked Test bowler also highlighted that in India as the ball gets softer and chewed up, it becomes slightly easier to bowl than any other conditions. Concurrently, he opines that playing in a smaller outfield and the tracks offering less bounce and pace than the Aussie pitches is a different challenge altogether.
“Up front there’s always a little bit in it with a new ball like anywhere else in the world. But then after that I actually feel that the ball gets probably a little bit softer and chewed up more over there than it does in other parts of the world which makes it a little bit easier sometimes bowling with a bit of a softer ball. But it’s just a different challenge, the fields there are a lot smaller and faster than here in Australia, the wickets aren’t as pacey and bouncy but it’s the same format just a slightly different beast.” he added.
Australia play their first ODI in Mumbai on the 14th of January before moving on to Rajkot and Bangalore on 17th and 19th for the second and third game respectively.