Australia's head coach, Justin Langer, has indicated that Pat Cummins, the best bowler in the MRF Tires ICC Men & # 39; s Test Rankings, could be equipped for parts of the running Ashes series in England.
Australia currently leads the five-test showdown with 1-0, and Cummins had an important role to play in their remarkable come-from-behind win over Edgbaston, waring four second-inning wickets – and seven in the game – to out England row for 146 and send them to a 251-run defeat.
Given the increased control over workload management and a selection policy for horses, Cummins may at some point have to deal with occupying the bank, regardless of the size of its versions.
Over the past few years, the fast bowler has left a brittle, fragile body to transform into a relentless bowling machine for Australia. He has been the team's most professional pacer since January 2017, playing 20 tests – more than any other Australian fast-bowler front line in this period – and has sent down 734 overs, 47 more than the second best Josh Hazlewood.
Langer said he would like to see the 26-year-old play all five Tests, but acknowledged that it is simply not possible. "In theory, you would want him to play all five tests," Langer said on Lord & # 39; s on August 11. "The back-to-back test competitions strongly depend on how much he bowls.
“He threw the most overs [among Australia's fast bowlers] in the first test, but depends on how the game goes and how many overs he throws, how much batting is in between [bowling innings], whether we are bowling last or we have thrown in the third innings of the game. All those things will come in. You want him to play all five, but I'm not sure if it's human. "
Should Cummins suffer injury, then Australia has sufficient depth to fall back on. Their pool of resources is so strong that Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, two of their first red-ball bowlers, did not reach the XI at Edgbaston.
Starc probably comes back to Lord, but with a core that also revived James Pattinson and veteran Peter Siddle, who comes from a successful County season, Australia wouldn't sweat much in the event that Cummins has to miss a test or two.
You want him to play all five, but I'm not sure if it's human
"You also have Josh Hazlewood, who has played 40 tests and is a gun, and Mitch Starc, who took 10 wickets in his last test match," Langer said. "They are all there and we talked about the team of fast bowlers."
As for Cummins himself, the pacemaker, proud of his ability to run tirelessly and make long spells, did not doubt that he would like to take the distance and play all five games.
"I think everyone would like to play all five," he said. "I think it's one of those things where it's just great that we have that flexibility, so I think every game you choose will be your best three bowlers that you think will win that match.
"I think we are lucky to have six guys here who have a real chance to play every game. Personally, I hope to play every game, and if I am fully fit and bowling well, I expect. But it is good that we have enough bowlers here. "
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