Colombo: India’s emphatic victory over England on Sunday is a cause for concern for the Australians, their pace bowler Pat Cummins has admitted.
On Friday, Australia will take on India in a Super Eight match at the Premadasa Stadium. Both Australia and India trained hard for the crucial match on Tuesday.
Cummins, the promising 19-year-old Australian pacer, said he was slightly surprised at India’s performance against England, and admitted that the Indians can come up with unexpected performances.
“Yeah it was pretty funny the other night. They [India] did not play with their full strength side, so I guess you never know what is going to come your way. The Indians are world-class players and everyone in their team has got a lot of experience due to the Indian Premier League. They have all sorts of players. We will go a bit harder and probably everything pays off,” Cummins said after a long bowling stint at a P. Sara Oval ground training session.
Cummins also revealed that he would target some weaknesses of the Indian batsmen. “A few of them aren’t too fond of the short ball. We will try and ruffle a few feathers. You know, [Suresh] Raina and [Gautam] Gambhir and a few of those guys, they are never comfortable with the short ball and we are probably going to dig in a couple of them. Hopefully that pays off.”
Performance against West Indies
The Australian bowling attack against West Indies did not please their coach Mickey Arthur, a sentiment shared by Cummins.
“Yeah we weren’t pretty pleased as well. We had plans but we probably didn’t execute them all. We are trying to work on that and we are trying to make sure that we go in with a clean mind and clean plan and not get ruffled or too disturbed by all that,” Cummins said, adding that he and his teammates have attempted to destress in the past few days.
“We had a break of a couple of days. A few guys went down to Galle for some rest and a few others played golf. Today, it was a bit of fun [the training session]. For an hour, we had games that were good fun. We had a good hit in the nets, everyone is fine, there are no injury concerns. We are now looking forward to Friday,” Cummins said. He has adapted to the weather comfortably after being in Dubai’s hot weather for recent games against Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“We are pretty fortunate that we came in from Dubai. There, it was probably an extra 10 degrees hotter than here. All the boys have got acclimatised to the weather here and that hasn’t been too much of a worry for us,” he said.
The teenager said he had also made some changes to his bowling technique to adapt to the Sri Lankan conditions.
He said: “It’s been pretty quick and good so far. It is about trying to hit the deck hard, probably in the first four overs, try and swing the ball, and after that, keep trying hard. Pitches at times have been grippy a little bit, and at other times, it is sliding a bit, so we got to try yorkers and short balls.”