Australia pacer and vice-captain Pat Cummins said that the management was looking to give players enough game time to adjust and emerge as middle-order batsmen, who can finish the matches like former India captain MS Dhoni
- Pat Cummins said Australia were looking to groom a finisher like MS Dhoni in T20Is
- Pat Cummins said a player can become a finisher like MS Dhoni only if they are given enough match time
- The vice-captain said watching Starc bowl his first over in pin-drop silence was weird
- Australia returned to the cricket field after almost 6 months and were on the verge of beating their arch-rivals comprehensively before their middle-order collapsed and the team lost by 2 runs.
The vistors needed 39 off 35 balls with 9 wickets in hand but they collapsed like house of cards. Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid ran through the Australian batting lineup as Marcus Stoinis, one of the stars of the practice matches ahead of the series, failed to score 15 from the last over.
Opening the batting, Marcus Stoinis, scored 705 runs for Melbourne Stars to top the BBL last season. However, his inability to rotate the strike early in the innings has been one of the reasons why he was left out of the 2019 World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey also failed to convert a good start from openers David Warner and captain. Aaron Finch
Addressing the concern, Australia vice-captain said that players in the team are best in the domestic circuit and they do well there and some game time will allow them to settle in the role. Cummins added that middle-order role is one of the hardest in international cricket.
Pat Cummins hailed recently-retired former India captain MS Dhoni and called him one of the best finishers the game has seen. He added that he was best at what he did because of his experience of playing in almost 400 matches.
“It’s something we’ve spoken about for exactly that reason — they’re all the best players when they go back to playing domestic comps,” Cummins was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
“You could argue that middle-order role is one of the hardest in any cricket team. That’s what we’ve identified, we’ve got to give guys a go.
“Someone like MS Dhoni, he was one of the best in the world because he played 3-400 ODI games. You saw during this week’s practice games we gave a lot of guys a go in that.”
“We know it’s not going to happen overnight. That’s been a common theme that selectors and Finchy have spoken about: we’ll identify roles and give them a long run in that.
“I think we’ve got the right squad, the right players, it’s about getting plenty of games into everyone now,” the pace spearhead said.
Australia’s first competitive match in nearly six months was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic and Cummins said it was “strange” and “weird”.
“I don’t think it made any difference to the performance but for sure it was strange,” Cummins said.
“Until Starcy’s bowling the first over and you can hear a pin drop it’s weird. After a couple of overs we got into it.
“Just odd unless we create the noise in the field there is absolutely no noise happening. Bit of an adjustment but everyone’s played enough cricket.
“I don’t think the crowd makes too much of a difference a lot of the time but it is certainly different here in England and not hearing some of the songs.”
Australia’s number one ranking and a run of 4 series victories will be on sake when they take on England in the second T20I on Sunday.