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Australia captain Pat Cummins sends warning to India amid all the talks about spin-firendly wickets

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Australia captain Pat Cummins sends warning to India amid all the talks about spin-firendly wickets

India and Australia are set to lock horns in four-match Test series starting from February 9th at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. This series will be very important for Men in Blue as they will be looking to win it to comfortably qualify for the finals of the Test Championship. It is believed that to win the series India will produce dead-turner wickets. 

Now, in his first media interaction Australia Captain Pat Cummins spoke about his team’s bowling attack. While there is a lot of discussion about spin bowling, the Australia Captain advised his team not to overlook their fearsome pace bowling lineup. Although Cummins also mentioned that Australia will zero in the final bowling combination after analyzing the conditions in Nagpur.

While speaking to reporters Cummins said that people often overlook Australia’s elite pace attack, which has excelled under a variety of circumstances. “I think sometimes, talking about a couple of spinners, you forget how good a lot of our fast bowlers have been in all conditions. Even some of the SCG wickets, there haven’t been a lot in them for quick bowlers, but the quick bowlers have found a way,” he said. 

Pat Cummins also flexed spin bowlers before Nagpur Test

29-year-old Australian Captain further emphasized that the conditions will determine whether or not to play two specialist spinners in the eleven. “I wouldn’t say it’s a given. It’s very conditions-dependent. Particularly in the first test, once we get to Nagpur we will see that,” he said. “The good thing is someone like Agar was in our last team, Swepson played the last two overseas tours, so a bit of experience. Murphy played in the last tour. We feel that we got a lot of support in that department for Lyon”, Cummins further added. 

Speaking about the variety of attacks they have Cummins said, “We’ve got plenty of options here (with) finger spin, wrist spin, left arm (pace) when (Mitchell) Starcy comes back,” Cummins told reporters. “We’ll pick the bowlers that we think are going to take 20 wickets. But how we split that up, we’re not 100 percent sure yet. Travis Head also bowls good offspring. We have to balance things. We have got plenty of variety there to choose from. We have not locked in any bowling line-up so far.”

Notably, the Australian team is currently camping in Alur near Bengaluru to prepare for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting on 9th February in Nagpur. Australia in the last 18 years have barely managed to win only one Test match on Indian Soil. 

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