The absence of Mitchell Starc is bound to be dearly felt by Australia, as he is that kind of a champion bowler who can turn a game on its head within a space of few deliveries. That was quite evident in the first Test at Pune, when he dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in the same over to trigger India’s downfall in the first innings.
Starc’s replacement, however, is another potent and more than an able pacer, in the form of an ever impressive Pat Cummins.
Cummins has played just one Test for Australia, nearly six years ago in South Africa where he bowled a ferocious spell, picking six wickets and was named the Man of the Match.
Injuries have hampered Cummins’ career immensely but now the pacer has finally got a call in the ultimate form of the game. In the lead up to the third Test, opener and vice-captain David Warner backed Cummins to do well in the remaining games.
“We know he’s got a lot of pace which he will definitely bring and that’s one thing we always talk about,” Warner said (about Cummins’ selection).
“You always have to have someone who is a spearhead quick and that’s always been the Australian approach and we know he’s got that firepower.
“It’s been a long time(since his last Test and he’s been working his backside off to get his body right for one and it was great to see him come back and play the Shield game the other day and bowl well.
“We know with Patty as Starc’s replacement we’re going to have that firepower there if the selectors go that way.”
Warner concluded by mentioning it would be nice if Cummins can make the Indian batsmen hover around with his sheer pace.
“For us it’s about putting our best team on the park and hopefully we can get India’s batsmen jumping around.
“But at the moment on these wickets there doesn’t seem like too many people are getting on the back foot,” he concluded.