Pat Cummins, spearhead of Australia’s pace, said Monday he has yet to decide whether to play in the limited-overs series against India from Nov. 27, even though he feels fresh after spending three months in bio-secured bubbles spent. Cummins, who returned from the UAE last week where he appeared for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, has been hopping between bio-safe bubbles since landing in England in late August, but he allayed fears of fatigue.
“(I) haven’t made a final decision on that yet. (It’s) unprecedented times with so many people spending a great deal of time in these bubbles, so we’re going to keep all conversations open, talk about that closer to when we all get together Cummins said when asked to rest ahead of Test summer.
Cummins has been named vice captain in both the white and red ball squads. The limited-overs series will be held in Sydney and Canberra ahead of the four-match Test series, which starts in Adelaide on December 17.
The Australian Test players in the white ball squad, including Steve Smith and David Warner, will only have a week to prepare for the opening test, a day-night in Adelaide.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there are times in the summer when some players might need a little rest, knowing not only how busy the coming months are, but also a tour of South Africa (February-March) and a few exits. next year, ”said Cummins, who has taken 143 wickets from 30 Tests.
The right arm was in bio bubbles in Southampton and Manchester on Australia’s white ball tour of the UK before flying to the UAE for the IPL where he was with his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.
He is now in Sydney and quarantined for 14 days and will join the squad on November 27, the day of the first one-day at the SCG. Despite having bio bubbles for three months, Cummins said he thought it was a “pretty good place.”
“One of the advantages of being in a bubble in the UAE was that we didn’t spend a lot of time traveling. With a normal IPL we fly every other day, in a different city, so I guess sometimes that’s just can be as empty as they play a role.
“No doubt also, the six or seven months we had at home (during the winter) put us in a pretty good place leading up to the UK tour and the IPL.
“When I get on those tours fresh, it doesn’t feel like the end of summer, it feels like I’m ready to start the tour and in a pretty good place.”
Cummins also said he won’t go out to intimidate the Indians, but if he manages to have the effect that would be a bonus.
“When it happens, I’ll be happy. Hopefully the (pitch) conditions will be what we as Aussies are used to,” he said.
“Hopefully they have a bit more resilience and pace than you would in a place like India, so that maybe the home edge comes in.”
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