The ODI and T20I series between India and Australia have had a good dose of camaraderie between players both on and off the field. Players were seen enjoying lighthearted banter during the limited stretch of the tour. But now the two teams will play the all-important Border-Gavaskar test series, and Australian sprinter Pat Cummins believes things could get “a little fierce.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if with the players baking in the sun for a couple more hours each day, the test matches get a little hot,” Cummins said during a virtual press conference.
“I think (the tour) has been quite friendly in terms of jokes – you see a lot of smiling faces around. That said, you see a lot of fast bowling, a lot of hitters taking the game.
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“So I won’t say that the actual game has been too friendly, it has been really competitive and difficult,” Cummins added.
“The way we play reflects who we are as people and for the most part the Australian team is a pretty laid back bunch, we like to laugh a little bit 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’re busy and you have to be out there… putting a lot of effort into your bowling alley.
“That being said, there is quite a bit of time given to you in Trials, the game moves at a slightly smoother pace. I know there haven’t been too many bowling captains, but I don’t understand why it has to be a batsman, ”Cummins added.
India and Australia will kick off the four-game series with the first Test in Adelaide starting December 17. This will also be the first day and night pink ball match between the two sides.