Pat Cummins Reveals his Role for Australia at the ICC World Cup 2019
Well-built Australian speedster Pat Cummins is the second leading wicket-taker at the ICC World Cup 2019 for Australia. The promising pacer has bagged 12 wickets in eight matches while adapting to his role judiciously, but again he hasn’t been that effective what he could actually produce with a new ball. So far, Cummins gave away 421 runs off 327 deliveries.
The optimistic pacer Cummins is backing himself to become more effective for his role which has been assigned to him by his captain, Aaron Finch.
Known for troubling the batsmen with sheer pace, Cummins further worked on his game–to become more versatile in a bid to help his team- to retain the World Cup title.
No swing after first eight to ten overs:
The 26-year-old Westmead-born Cummins further defined his role of delivering in the middle overs. He also conceded that the ball softens a bit as the game progresses after eight to ten overs. Thus, it is hard to get a swing.
“I think it’s kind of outside of those first eight to 10 overs, there is no swing, the ball is not as hard, normally the batters are set,” Cummins told Cricket Australia.
Interestingly, Cummins started off bowling with a new-ball alongside Mitchell Starc for six matches at the ODI showpiece in the United Kingdom (UK). However, the massive decision took place when exciting bowler Jason Behrendorff had made it to the playing XI for the Three Lions game.
Cummins bowled for the first time as a first-change bowler against England at the ongoing World Cup. Also, the Kangaroos used the same tactics in their game against New Zealand. The decision came when the distinct teams found left-arm pacemen proving very useful in English conditions.
“I think it’s a massive change. I think it’s a lot different to say red-ball cricket where the ball kind of stays hard and there might be some swing on offer,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.
It becomes pertinent that the duo of Starc and Behrendorff had bagged 16 wickets in those two games which means Australia could go with the same strategy against South Africa in their final league stage fixture against South Africa on July 6 (Saturday) at the Old Trafford.
Cummins happy with the new-ball duo:
The left-arm pace gun Mitchell Starc is leading the wickets column at the World Cup with 24 wickets in eight matches.
“It’s a bit of a different game … Jason and Starcy have been brilliant up front,” Cummins added.
In the ODI series against India in March this year, Cummins delivered the punch with the new ball in hand. In Starc’s absence, Cummins proved as a quintessential figure by snaring 17 scalps at an incredible average of 11.58 with his economy rate of 4.34.
To add more, Cummins’ strike rate was 16. However, it doubled when he serves as a first-change bowler.
Overall, in 26 innings Cummins’ strike-rate of taking wickets is 37.5 as he went on to claim 34 wickets at an average of 33.91.
Also, his economy rate is slightly higher, which reads as 5.43.
While speaking about his role, Cummins is satisfied that he has done his bit in the middle overs. He added his task is to stem the run flow and push them to make a mistake in which he has somewhat succeeded at the ODI showpiece.
“My role is to just try and hold them a little bit and hopefully they take a risk. It (feels) like I have done that job pretty well,” Cummins said.
Cummins, who has been marred by injuries is entirely focusing on his fitness to go a long way in the top-flight cricket.
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