The T20 World Cup is just around the corner and host nation Australia would try to defend the crown they won last year after beating New Zealand in the top match. Ahead of the big event, Australia would be looking for their best possible playing XI, and the Aaron Finch-led side will kick-start their preparation by beating India in a three-match T20I series starting Tuesday in Mohali.
Ahead of the first T20I, pacer Pat Cummins spoke at a virtual press conference on Sunday where he spoke about team preparations, the addition of Tim David to the lineup and the form of skipper Aaron Finch.
“Great to see David getting his chance. He’s one of the best in the world, hitting in the mid-range of T20 cricket is a really tough place to hit. You see most run scorers open the strike or the batting in the highest order. It’s hard to be consistent when there are spin bowlers bowling and he’s been fantastic. If he gets his chance hopefully he can continue to do what he did in the domestic T20 league,” said Cummins . while answering an NDTV question during a virtual press conference.
“I agree, I think he’s an X-factor. It’s going to be a little different, so look forward to it,” he continued.
Australia will play eight T20Is for the World Cup (three against India, two against the West Indies and three against England). While answering another NDTV question if he would like to see his workload managed, the first pacer said: “There are no firm plans at the moment, I am very excited to play. I also think the reality is that the World Cup is the time is if you want to peak. I think we’ll find that balance to make sure we’re ready, but not overcooked, to go into the World Cup.”
When asked how close he was to the Asian Cup, where India failed to reach the final, Cummins said: “To be honest, I haven’t seen anything from that tournament. I think Sri Lanka won? “I don’t see anything from. I’ve seen Virat Kohli, I think he scored a hundred, yes, he is a class player, he would always come back in form at some point. He’s going to be a challenge this week.”
When asked about Aaron Finch’s form and what to expect from the conditions in India, Cummins said: “Just the normal Aaron Finch, he’s been great. I talked to him a bit, he said he’s in a good space even in the ODIs he knew it was time in his own mind he looks fantastic it had only been 12 months since he led us to a T20 World Cup win so he is eager to go , and he will be an important player as he always is.”
“I think a lot of games in India are played at a different pace than in Australia, the boundaries are normally a bit smaller. I think you have to adapt very quickly, you will have a few days where the wicket is a bit slower. then cutters and things like that are really important to the bowlers. So everybody here has played a lot in India and everybody understands it. It’s a format, you have to be ready for it, and if it doesn’t work on the day then you have to get rid of it soon,” he added.
Australia squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa .
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