Australian pacer Pat Cummins expects spinners of his side to play an important role in the upcoming ODI series against India during the limited-overs series. The series will begin in Mumbai on January 14, followed by the second and third game in Rajkot on January 17 and Bengaluru on January 19 respectively.
“I think spinners play a bigger part in India than they do around the world but it’s rare you get a big spinning dust bowl for a one day international,” Pat Cummins said to reporters ahead of Australia’s departure.
Australia made a notable comeback to win the five-match ODI series by 3-2 in India last year after losing the first two games.
“Last series I think we played two spinners, they also played two so they are certainly important, especially in the middle overs,” Cummins said.
However, Australia are travelling with two specialist spinners in their squad — left-arm spinner Ashton Agar and leg spinner Adam Zampa. While talking about the tracks in India, the speedster, Cummins said that the ball gets softer as the game proceeds which makes it easier to bowl in India as compared to other countries. But playing in smaller and faster fields makes it more challenging.
“Up front there’s always a little bit in it with a new ball like anywhere else in the world. But then after that I actually feel that the ball gets probably a little bit softer and chewed up more over there than it does in other parts of the world which makes it a little bit easier sometimes bowling with a bit of a softer ball,” he shared.
“But it’s just a different challenge, the fields there are a lot smaller and faster than here in Australia, the wickets aren’t as pacey and bouncy but it’s the same format just a slightly different beast,” he further added.