Pat Cummins discusses the shortage of game time ahead of the WTC final. “Breaks are difficult to come by. With six Test matches (five in the Ashes), I’ve always felt it’s better to be somewhat underdone than overdone. ” Cummins remark.
The historic battle between India and Australia will conclude the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship on June 7 at the Oval in London. After defeating Australia 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series at home. India qualified for the final with 58.8 percentage points, while Australia clinch the top spot on the points table for the 2021-23 cycle with 66.67 percentage points in 19 Test matches.
Meanwhile, Australia skipper Pat Cummins defend the choice to skip warm-up matches before the World Test Championship final and the Ashes, citing the hard nature of the schedule. Since their journey to Pakistan a year ago, the Australians have avoided playing any tour matches. This strategy is expected to be carried forward for their key trip to England. Which involves a WTC final against India at The Oval from June 7-11, followed by five Ashes Tests in June and July.
The skipper categorically dismissed reports that the majority of the Australian team would be rusty due to a lack of cricket since the India series.
“Breaks are difficult to come by. With six Test matches (five in the Ashes), I’ve always thought that it’s better to be somewhat underdone than overdone. I’m speaking from the perspective of a bower. So I’d like to be physically fit. We did a lot of training at home. “We’ve worked hard, rejuvenated and refreshed ourselves, and we’re ready,” Pat Cummins said on ICC.
You must know when to push for the wicket: Pat Cummins
Cummins describe the playing surface as durable with a lot of bounce and stated that his squad has enough bowlers to take advantage of the circumstances.
“You have to know when to push for wickets.” We need to gain 20 wickets, and it’s pointless to do everything in the first innings. We have a large number of bowlers that can be used at various times. Our squad hasn’t seen too many of those 50 Tests. Most of us have seen a few Ashes games. A few batters have scored runs, and the bowlers have shown some pace and bounce. So everything should be fine,” the Australian captain added.