Australia’s pace spearhead Pat Cummins would be one of the integral members of the pace-bowling attack as they gear up to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from India. The first Test in Adelaide would be a landmark one since it’s the first day and night Test between the two sides and Australia’s perfect record in seven games makes them slight favourites. But Pat Cummins believes there are a few perils to the same.
Pat Cummins was probably the only silver lining during India’s visit to Australia in 2018-19 when the tourists clinched their first Test series down under. The 26-year old will have his eyes fixed on redemption as the hosts stand a much better chance of it with David Warner and Steve Smith in their ranks. The absence of Virat Kohli from the last three Tests also boost their chances.
Pat Cummins underlined that they are not nervous but excited ahead of the pink-ball Test match as the game moves at a different pace. The New South Wales bowler added that there are phases when the ball zips around a bit too much, mainly after dinner when the lights come into play.
“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. After dinner, when the lights take effect, just for whatever reason it seems like the ball zips around a bit more,” Cummins said as quoted by Times of India.
It’s just another dynamic of the game: Pat Cummins
The right-arm speedster went on to say that similarly like ODIs, there are also periods in Test match when there is no seam or movement and out of nowhere, the ball begins zipping around the lights. Hence, the captains have to gauge the situation effectively, knowing when to bat and bowl.
“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 the lights. 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 added.