The four-match test series between India and Australia will begin on December 17 when the two teams prepare for the day / night test in Adelaide. The contest will be an opportunity for some of the test’s biggest rivalries to resume, and Australian sprinter Pat Cummins is feeling “fresh” and preparing for the next match against India’s captain Virat Kohli.
It would be the only test Kohli would play this season as he has been granted paternity leave. Kohli will head home after the first test and the Indian skipper can be expected to take his best step forward to give his team a 1-0 lead.
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When asked about the contest against Kohli, Cummins said he’s happy not to have to pitch Steve Smith. The bowler added that he looks forward to rivalries on the field, as these are the moments he enjoys the most.
“I’m happy I don’t have to go bowling with Steve Smith. I saw Kane Williamson’s double hundred last week. So I am quite happy not to play there (in New Zealand) as well, “Cummins told reporters on a conference call.
“I think when you’re in the moment, you try and maybe lift (the rivalry with the opposition batter) a bit. You feel it at the gate when someone walks by.
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“In terms of how it affects the overall story, I don’t think about it much. But growing up as kids, they are the kind of contests you tuned in on television.
“I remember (Glenn) McGrath bowling with (Brian) Lara; you had to see it because you knew something was going to happen. I like to be in those moments, let’s see what happens this summer, “he concluded.