PAK vs AUS: Reality of having strong squad is couple of guys will miss out on Tests, says Pat Cummins
PAK vs AUS: Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins has said that the problem of having a tremendously good squad is that a couple of individuals will always miss out on Test matches.
The remark by Cummins comes as Australia prepares to face Pakistan in a three-match Test series starting March 4.
In terms of the fast bowlers, Scotty Boland has just had a fantastic summer. Josh Hazlewood and Starc are superstars so already one of those is going to miss you would expect. Everyone realizes there will be some tough calls, not much you can do about it. The reality of having a really, really strong squad is a couple of people are going to miss out of every Test,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Cummins as saying.
Cummins also believes that if called upon, Australia’s fringe spinners will be ready to play Pakistan. For the three-Test series, Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson will join first-choice Nathan Lyon on the road.
“Swepo has spent a lot of time around the Test side. So even though he might not have played a lot of red-ball cricket he’s been bowling lots and lots in the nets and the same for Ash,” said Cummins.
“He’s been playing quite a lot of international cricket the last couple of years. So while it’s a different format, different feel, really confident in their form that either of those would be able to slot straight in,” he added.
Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner. On standby: Sean Abbott, Brendan Doggett, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Renshaw.