'We All Feel Ready' - Pat Cummins speaks on the eve of the WTC final
Pat Cummins (Source: Twitter)
Pat Cummins feels that the next two months or so will decide how the current Australian Test team will be remembered.
With the all-important World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 final and the Ashes lined-up, the Australia skipper believes these are the type of events that give recognition to the players, especially because a few of the names will be playing their last Ashes in England.
"Yeah, probably. Whether you like it or not. There have been series where you look back at the eras of cricket teams and judge a lot of their performances. That's an exciting opportunity for us. We have spoken a lot about having a settled squad. No doubt, this will be the last Ashes away tour for a few of the guys," Cummins said while addressing the media on Tuesday.
When asked about the pitch, Cummins thinks that it will be a seam-friendly wicket and expects the weather to also play a role.
"I have not had a look at the wicket yet today. It (weather) looks pretty good this week. There has been a bit of a cloudy morning. Anytime there's some grass on the wicket and with Dukes ball, it will be pretty fun for the quick bowlers," he added.
The 30-year-old further commented on his side's preparations while also denying a claim that India have had lesser time to practise.
"I probably do not fully agree with that. India had more players over here before we did. It's again the challenge of having very busy schedules. You have to change between different formats. But it's nothing new.
"We are really happy with our preparation. We have been here for about 10 days now. We all feel ready."
Scott Boland, who will feature in the XI tomorrow in place of Josh Hazlewood, could benefit from the conditions, Cummins opined.
"There are conditions you think will suit him. He has not played a lot over here. But he is a seam bowler who will be rewarded for bowling in good areas over and over again. That is what he brings to the team. Even on a docile wicket in India, he did a pretty fantastic job. If there is some assistance on the wicket, he goes to the next level."
Australia take on India in the WTC final, starting on June 7 at Kennington Oval, London.