Australia captain Pat Cummins doesn’t mind staying a bit undercooked going into the high-octane WTC final against India rather than playing two months of T20 cricket and landing up jaded for a gruelling English summer.
Asked if the bulk of the Australian side (save Cameron Green, David Warner in IPL and Marnus Labuschagne in County cricket) would be a bit rusty with virtually no game time since the India series, the skipper on Sunday begged to differ.
“Breaks are rare to come by,” said Cummins, who has 217 Test wickets from 49 games.
“I have always said, with six Test matches (including five in the Ashes), it is better to be slightly underdone than overdone. I am talking from a bowler’s point of view. So I want to be physically fresh.
“Back home, we did a lot of training. We have trained hard, are rejuvenated and refreshed and are keen,” Cummins said during ICC’s ‘Afternoon with Test Legends’ event at The Oval.
Past is past
There is some speculation about how The Oval wicket would turn out for the final. Cummins found it a good one with a lot of bounce.
“You need to know your moments to push for wickets.
“We need to get 20 wickets and there is no point trying everything in the first innings. We have plenty of bowlers to be used at different times,” Cummins said.
Australia have a dismal record of only two wins in the last 50 years in Tests at The Oval.
“Our playing group hasn’t played too many of those 50 Tests. We have played a few Ashes games, most of us.
“Few guys have scored runs and the bowlers have had some pace and bounce.
“So it should be good,” the skipper said.
Motivated & ready
Cummins felt that his team has really turned the corner during this cycle of WTC after missing the bus last time.
“That (missing the final) has been the driving force behind the team and we deserve to play the final,” he said.
He said that among all teams if one side gave them the maximum push, it has to be the Indian team, who have won back-to-back series Down Under.
“I think at home we have been pretty formidable and only (beaten) by Rohit’s team (Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s team) in the last couple of tours... we have been troubled,” Cummins said.