AUS vs IND: Steve Smith only scored 10 points in the first two games.© Twitter
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins said he was “confident” that Australia’s top batsmen would return to form after a disappointing first two Tests against India. With the series level at 1-1 heading for the third Test in Sydney, Cummins parried talk of crisis and said hitters like Steve Smith – who was named Test Player of the Decade this week, but has only 10 runs in the first two succeeded. games – would rediscover their touch. “Absolutely no stress,” said Cummins. “They’ll be fine.” “Steve has been a champion for a decade, so absolutely no stress. Every batter, every player, goes through ups and downs and the greats find a way to come back, so yeah, absolutely no stress they’ll be coming right, know that I certainly. “
Australia won the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets after India suffered their worst Test collapse ever, scoring only 36 in their second innings.
But it was India that won by eight wickets in the second Test in Melbourne, as their injury exhausted attack rejected Australia cheaply twice.
With some commentators proposing wholesale changes to Australia’s top rank for the Sydney Test, Cummins said there was no panic in the camp.
“It’s only two test matches,” he said. “The sample size is too small to say that people need to change the way they do things.”
“It’s only been 12 months since our batters absolutely dominated” against Pakistan and New Zealand, Cummins added.
He said the return of opener David Warner – who is back in training after missing the first two tests with a groin injury – would be a “huge boost”.
Despite a Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney, the next test begins as scheduled on January 7, with the teams somehow being quarantined for the final test in Brisbane starting January 15.
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