India vs Australia : “It’s been quite friendly in terms of banter” – Pat Cummins looking forward to “fiery” Test series

Pat Cummins hails Tests as an easier format for bowlers to captain in as he went n to question why batsmen are preferred when it comes to leading a side.

Pat Cummins and Virat Kohli
Pat Cummins and Virat Kohli
Pat Cummins and Virat Kohli

India‘s tour of Australia has been all smiles from both sides. The renowned knack for banter of the Aussies is yet to surface. And speedster Pat Cummins feels that the Border Gavaskar series will bring out that competitive side of both the camps. Cummins opines that with the Sun raging overhead, it is only natural for things to heat up.

With the Kangaroos set to exact revenge for India’s historic Test series win on their last visit Down Under. The cricketing fraternity is eagerly waiting for a “fiery” Test series between the stalwarts.

I wouldn’t be surprised if with the players getting baked in the sun a couple of more hours each day, the Test matches get a little fiery,” Cummins said during a virtual press conference.

I think it’s (the tour) been quite friendly in terms of banter – you see a lot of smiling faces around. That said, you see a lot of quick bowling out there, lots of batters taking the game on. So, I won’t say that the actual match play has been overly friendly, it’s been really competitive and hard,” Cummins added.

Don’t understand why it has to be a batter

Pat Cummins - FirstSportz
Pat Cummins

Cummins asserts that the longest format is the easiest for a bowler to captain in. The Aussie vice-captain asserts that Tests progress at a “softer” pace and it gives the skipper time to evaluate his options. Cummins has been hailed as the future skipper of Australia by many veteran Kangaroos. And he went on to question why batsmen are preferred when it comes to leading a side.

How we play the game reflects who we are as people and for the most part, the Aussie team is a pretty relaxed bunch, we like a bit of a laugh, so let’s see what happens in this series,” he further said.

I feel out of all formats, Tests are the easiest for a bowler to captain. You are busy and you got to be out there… putting a lot of effort into your bowling. That said, there’s a bit of time that’s afforded to you in Tests, the game moves at a slightly softer pace. I know there haven’t been too many bowling captain’s but I don’t understand why it has to be a batter,” Cummins added.

The four match Test series kicks off with a pink ball Test in Adelaide from December 17.

Also read : “We’ve had close to perfect preparation,” says Pat Cummins ahead of Test series