Breaking: Australia Pacer Pat Cummins Speaks On His Exclusion For India Tour
Australia fast-bowler Pat Cummins has revealed he wasn’t expecting a call-up to the Test squad for the tour of India, after the Kangaroos named a 16-man squad for the four-Test series, starting February 23.
The 23-year-old is in fine form and enjoying the best spell of his career at the moment in limited-overs and former Australian greats Allan Border and Brett Lee had even urged the selectors to get him back into the Test team.
However, the selectors chose to ignore him once again in favor of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Jackson Bird, as the trio form the pace department for the tough contest against India.
Cummins has admitted he is not expecting a call for the longest format and is more focused over white-ball cricket before moving to red ball cricket in the upcoming months.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be selected,” Cummins said today after arriving in Perth for the third VB ODI against Pakistan on Thursday. “I haven’t played a Shield game yet (this summer).
“But knowing I’ve got heaps of one-dayers and T20s and the possibility of a Shield game at the end of the season is pretty exciting.
“I’ll hopefully play a Shield game sometime this year. We’ve got six (more) ODIs here and in New Zealand (over the next three weeks) and then there’s three T20s (against Sri Lanka in February). I’d love to be a part of all that.
“Then that still leaves me time to play at least one Shield game.”
Cummins made his Test debut in 2011 in which he managed an impressive seven wickets. Thereafter, injuries have hampered his career over the past six years.
It still remains his only Test of his career and Cummins is ready to play in the Sheffield Shield for NSW Blues in a bid to press his claim for a Test spot.
“The start of the summer (my goal) was to get through to the New Zealand ODIs before Christmas and everything worked perfectly and it got me there,” he said.
“Since then we set another goal to get through the Big Bash and these ODIs and at the moment, that’s pretty much all I’m thinking about and we’ll re-assess after that.
“If I get through all these eight one-dayers and bowl a lot of overs at a good intensity, that should get me ready for Shield cricket.”
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