Pat Cummins says “It just brings more unknowns” on the prospect of playing pink-ball Tests in Ashes 2021

Following the first pink-ball Test in 2015, Australia captain Pat Cummins feels day-night Tests retain their intrigue. The 28-year-old claimed on the eve of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide that teams learn something new every game.

Despite having played all of their day-night Tests at home, Australia has a spotless record so far. The first pink-ball Test was held in 2015 at the Adelaide Oval between Australia and New Zealand. They’ve gone undefeated so far, with their most recent victory coming against India.

“It just brings more unknowns. We have played eight pink ball games and it’s still not a huge sample size but you feel like you learn something new each time you play one. The unknowns of it are kind of the levellers at some stages. You might get a period of play where the ball just starts swinging around and you can’t really explain why.” he said

Josh Hazlewood

Pat Cummins

While England will benefit from the absence of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc would pose a serious threat to the tourists’ shaky batting line-up. In such contests, the left-arm speedster has the most wickets, with 46 in eight games.

Cummins discussed the Adelaide Oval pitch, saying it has a bit of everything and that every hour will be crucial. The number one Test bowler emphasized the importance of planning ahead of time and playing to the circumstances.

“Really nice coverage of grass, pace, bounce, a bit of spin – just a really good cricket wicket. One hour can be a long time in a pink ball game. Either nothing can happen for an hour or it can be darting around everywhere and you feel like you’re going to lose a wicket every ball. You can have a think about planning ahead but it really is instinctive. You have to see and play what is in front of you. It’s still a new format, still learning.” he said

England will look to level the series after a nine-wicket defeat at the Gabba. To allow further penetration into Australia’s top-order, they are expected to put in James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Meanwhile, Australia’s eleven has been announced, with Jhye Richardson taking the place of Hazlewood.

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