Australian pace-bowling spearhead Pat Cummins has said that he should have his Kolkata Knight Riders teammate Shubman Gill a bit more and he feels that it might be ‘too late now’.
Shubman Gill is in line to make his Test debut against Australia after impressing in the two warm-up games against Australia A. In what was a shoot-out for the second opener’s slot between him and Prithvi Shaw, Gill not only outscored his former U-19 skipper but also looked pretty assured during his stay at the crease.
“I haven’t really. Maybe I should have, might be too late now. I think every time India comes to Australia, there is a story of one or two young guys who kind of make a name for themselves in our Aussie conditions.” Pat Cummins told kkr.in.
Cummins said he is looking forward to some friendly banter between him and Shubman Gill if the latter eventually gets picked in the playing 11.
“Yeah Shubi (Shubman) is obviously a class player, and it will be interesting to see if he gets picked for India. (If he does) there might even be some friendly banter out on the field between the two of us.” he added.
Pat Cummins excited about the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval
The first Test of the four-match series will be a day-night encounter at the Adelaide Oval. Australia are the undisputed champions when it comes to day-night Test cricket, having won each of their previous fixtures.
Pat Cummins expressed his excitement ahead of the pink-ball Test besides adding that the game moves at a slightly different pace as compared to a traditional red-ball Test.
”We are just a little bit, won’t say nervous but excited, knowing that the game moves at a slightly different pace to a normal Test match. You can have some sessions under the lights where the balls just zip around,” Cummins added.
Cummins added that there are phases during a day-night Test when it feels like a One-day game with the ball not swinging much before all of a sudden it starts ‘jagging around’ as the light takes effect. He reckoned that captains will have to make crucial decisions as to when to bat and bowl depending on the dynamics of the conditions.
“After dinner, when the light takes effect, just for whatever reason it seems like the ball zips around a bit more. You can have some periods in a Test match a bit like a one-dayer, where the ball doesn’t swing, doesn’t seam and all of a sudden out of nowhere, it starts zipping around under the lights,” Pat Cummins said.
“It’s just another dynamic of the game. It’s a tactic that the captains have to manage — when to bat and when to bowl,” he signed off.