The Ashes: Cummins dismisses red ball concerns

28 November 2021 18:41:54 GMTPlus10
Cummins says Aussies are ready

Newly-appointed Australian Test captain Pat Cummins has played down concerns over a lack of red-ball cricket for some players as they head in to the Ashes series.

The Aussies are priced at 1.005 to win the Ashes series against England this summer but there has been a lack of Test action for a host of players.

Ready to go

Cummins himself along with Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, David Warner and new vice-captain Steve Smith have not played red-ball cricket for over six months.

However following a big training session on Saturday, Cummins has allayed all fears over them not being ready for the first Test at the Gabba which begins on 8th December.

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In fact he says they would ready if the Ashes got under way this week.

"Today was a really good hitout," Cummins told reporters after Saturday's session. "We were able to simulate match intensity really well. We had a big bowl, us bowlers, two big spells.

"If the Test match was in the next couple of days, we’d be ready to go."

Reality yet to hit

Cummins admits it has been a whirlwind since he was announced as the new captain on Friday and says it will probably not hit him until the opening day of the first Test.

"I think when I walk out at the Gabba and see a big home crowd, pull on the Baggy Green and go out for the toss, I think that's when it'll probably hit me," he added. "But it's a bit of a weird feeling."

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