Shivani Shukla ∙ Jan 3 2023, 2:00 PM

It's a huge connection to India: Pat Cummins on SCG pitch

image-lcft8twbPat Cummins (Source: Twitter)

Australia captain Pat Cummins opened up on the challenges they are expecting to face in India during the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy and compared it with the Sydney Test against South Africa, set to be played from Wednesday, January 4. 

As their ace all-rounder, Cameron Green suffered a finger injury in the second Test and is unlikely to bowl in SCG, the selectors are pondering on roping in Ashton Agar as a second spinner, but reverse swing might also be a factor.

The conditions in Sydney are projected to be similar to that of India as fast bowling, reverse swing, and spin is likely to play a huge role in Asia. Australia, the toppers of the WTC points table, will lock horns with India in a four-match Test series, starting in early February. 

Here's what Cummins said: 

"It's a huge connection to India. Fast bowling and reverse swing are going to come into it, which we can expect in India. Probably get more spin overs here, and our batters are probably going to face more spin here as well. So it's a really good connection.

"Even personally captaining here might be a little different to the last few Test matches. So it's really good prep. Whatever you do there's going to be a strong connection to India, which is nice. It's not by purpose, it's just worked out that way." 

Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the third Test after getting injured in the Melbourne Test, in which Australia handed the visitors an inning and 182 runs defeat and has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series. 

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