Australian fast bowler and vice-captain Pat Cummins said that the team will be looking to rotate its bowlers throughout the upcoming Ashes series against England, beginning in December this year.
Following the T20 World Cup win in the UAE, the Aussies now have their eyes set on retaining the Ashes. The workload management is of paramount importance as some players have been on the road for quite a while now, and the bubbles in Australia are expected to be strict.
Also, the series will be a long-drawn one, and the physical fitness of the players also comes into play. According to Cummins, keeping these in mind, it would be hard to see the same bowlers being used in all the games.
“When someone’s, I guess, rested, it is normally more to it than just purely workload. There’s always niggles and small little injuries that we’re dealing with, basically after every single Test match. The great thing is we’ve got a huge stable of fast bowlers.
“So yeah, I don’t think it’ll be a huge issue if someone’s not able to get up for a Test or someone’s just red-lining a little bit. Someone else can slot in. I’d be surprised if the same four bowlers were used for all five Tests. That’s pretty rare, especially the five-Test match summer. But I certainly won’t be putting my hand up to be rested unless I’ve got something going wrong,” Cummins reckoned.
“My body feels as good as it has in a couple of years” – Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins has been in good shape in his career, but he feels he has attained higher fitness levels of late. It also helped that the Aussie bowlers were used in quick short spells in the T20 World Cup, which helped them avoid overloading their bodies.
“My body feels as good as it has in a couple of years. There’s no niggles. I think the first, I guess, the benefit of the short spells is we’re all feeling really fresh. I always feel like it’s better to be underdone than overdone coming into a big Test series.”
“For now, it’s just trying to work back from that day one, get a few good bowls in, I think. We’ve got access to quite a few centre wickets.
“So we’ll have three, four, five centre wickets where we try and have relatively big days, you know, bowl a couple of spells on those days. And we’ll be ready to go. And we had a similar prep last year, and all felt really good going into that Adelaide first Test,” Cummins added.
The first Test will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane, followed by the second Test in Adelaide.