Bailey backs Cummins
Fast bowler Pat Cummins was singled out for praise by Australia captain George Bailey after the victory over India in the World Twenty20 tournament.
The Penrith product used guile to outwit Indian batsmen as he returned figures of 2-16 from his four overs.
That economy rate slowed down India after they had started in brilliant fashion with a score of 1-50 in the first six overs.
The 19-year-old produced an outstanding over to out-fox newly crowned ICC one-day international player of the year Virat Kohli.
Cummins fizzed a bouncer past his eyes then next ball lured him into trying a big pull shot which he top-edged to mid-off.
He greeted Yuvraj Singh to the crease with a ripping bouncer, and his pace, together with that of 22-year-old Mitchell Starc (1-27 off four) helped peg back India's total to 7-140.
"Pat's a weird one because he's intelligent and you don't get many intelligent fast bowlers do you for starters, particularly at 19," Bailey said.
"He is a bit different. I spoke to him after that West Indies game and I probably felt like I was baby-ing him a bit too much.
"So in this game I gave him a licence to bowl to his plans a lot more purely for that reason. He is a good thinker.
"He's got good skills.
"So he's someone who in a short space of time you learn to trust that he's going to execute exactly what the team needs."
Pre-tournament expectations were that spin would dominate in Sri Lanka but Cummins, who was reaching speeds of around 147kph, is proving otherwise.
"It's a nice thing to be able to see him bowl those three through the middle for us tonight because he is someone who when the key batsmen do come in, he can shake them up," Bailey said.
He's intelligent and you don't get many intelligent fast bowlers.George Bailey
"He's got that bit of extra pace.
"But pace is only good if you're bowling in the right areas and that was probably the most pleasing thing tonight, his control and his use of his change-ups."
Australia are 1212/1 to win the World Twenty20, with Pakistan 1212/1.
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