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Last Update on: November 20th, 2020 at 01:29 pm

Australia’s ace speedster Pat Cummins has his eyes set on regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the upcoming summer. Australia will take on India in three ODIs, as many T20Is, and four Tests, beginning from the 27th of November. While the white-ball games are also relevant, the four Tests are what fans, experts and players are focussing on the most. Pat Cummins hopes that the hosts could keep Virat Kohli silenced as it will boost their chances of victory.

Virat Kohli, who captained India to their maiden Test series victory down under in 2018-19, was not on a run-scoring spree. Kohli averaged under 50 in four Tests while it was Cheteshwar Pujara, who was doing the bulk of run-scoring. His run-tally amounted to 521 across four fixtures, earning the man of the match award. The highly encouraging news from Australia’s point of view is that the visiting captain will return home after the first Test.

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Pat Cummins believes that every team has the captain as one of their crucial wickets and feel their chances of victory have boosted if dismissed them cheaply. The 26-year old termed Virat Kohli as a massive name and highlighted that they have to keep him under check to get on the front foot.

“I think every side has that one or two batters and they are the big wickets. Most teams have their captain – Joe Root for England, Kane Williamson for New Zealand. You feel like if you get their wickets that goes a long way in winning the game. Virat Kohli is always a big one. You commentators talk about him non-stop, so hopefully, we can keep him quiet,” Cummins stated as quoted by Times of India.

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Hopefully, We Can Keep Him Quiet: Pat Cummins Underlines Australia's Key To Success
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The New South Wales speedster remains confident about their preparation for the marquee showdown, considering they have played some high-profile cricket in IPL. The number on Test bowler did admit that they have spent most of their times within the bubbles and hotels but had no doubts about their preparations. The Test series begins with the pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval on the 17th of December.

“It’s going to be huge. Obviously, we’re back here on home soil. Other than spending a lot of times in hotels and bubbles I feel like our preparation has actually been really good. We went over to the UK and had a good tour there. Most of the boys here have been playing 14 T20 matches in the last few weeks and the other guys coming in will be playing shrewd cricket. So, it feels like we are all firing up and got a lot of stuff behind us,” he added.

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