Australia’s Test vice-captain Pat Cummins said that the team will take confidence from the T20 World Cup triumph in the UAE for their upcoming Ashes against England at home. The Ashes is not even a month away, with Australia are looking forward to retaining the urn.
Really excited for what’s next: Pat Cummins
Australia defeated trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by eight wickets in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 final in Dubai to clinch their maiden title in the shortest format.
Cummins, who claimed five wickets in the T20 World Cup, said that players like David Warner will take huge confidence from the title win.
“Absolutely, I think we’ll take confidence from it. It’s a different format, but you saw somebody like Davey (David) Warner, player of the tournament, that’s going to have huge confidence for him going into the summer,” Cummins said.
“As an Australian side, I think we all probably felt like we’ve underperformed a little bit in the last few years, haven’t won as many games as we’d probably expect.
“So to get back out and win a title on the world stage … it can be era-defining for a side. So everyone’s just absolutely buzzing, really excited for what’s next,” he added.
I feel really fresh for the Ashes: Pat Cummins
Australia haven’t played a single Test since they were defeated by India 2-1 in January, and their board also postponed the one-off Test against Afghanistan because of ethical issues.
Cummins, who has 164 Test scalps to his name, feels fresh for the Ashes and is ready to bowl with full strength against the England batters.
“I always feel it’s better to be underdone than overdone coming into a big Test series,” Cummins said.
“My body feels as good as it has in a couple of years. There’s no niggles. I feel really fresh. I think we’ve given ourselves the best chance to bowl plenty of overs and do well this summer,” he added.
The first Ashes Test will commence on December 8 at the Gabba in Perth.