Australia pace spearhead Pat Cummins expects spinners of his team to play a big role in the ODI series against India even though he is not expecting dust bowls during the limited-overs assignment.
Australia made a brilliant comeback to win the five-match ODI series 3-2 in India last year after trailing 0-2. “Last series, I think we played two spinners. India also played two, so they are certainly important, especially in the middle-overs,” added Cummins. Australia is travelling with two specialist slow bowlers in its squad – left-arm spinner Ashton Agar and leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
Talking about the tracks in India, the 26-year-old said the ball gets softer as the game progresses and added that it makes it easier to bowl. However, he admitted playing in smaller, faster fields is a challenge.
“Up front, there’s always a little bit in the pitches with the new ball. But then after that, the ball gets probably a little bit softer and chewed up more. The fields are a lot smaller and faster than in Australia. The wickets aren’t as pacey and bouncy but it’s the same format, just a slightly different beast.”