Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins was one of the stars of the team in England for the World Cup and as well as in the recently concluded Ashes series which they retained successfully. After a much-needed break, Cummins will focus on succeeding in the T20 format of the game as well as Australia host the T20 World Cup next year.
“The last year has been a real one-day focus leading into the (50-over) World Cup. I think we’ll see a shift,” Cummins was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “We’ve got 20-odd games before that T20 World Cup. Personally I want to be in that World Cup squad, so I want to play as many of those games as possible.”
“There’s a lot I want to work on in T20 cricket, so it’s good there’s more opportunity now to concentrate on that with six games in a row (to start the summer). I don’t feel like I’ve had that in a long time,” he added.
Cummins did not take part in the IPL in recent times and has played only two T20Is so far in the past two and a half years. However, he is confident of adapting the format soon.
“I’ve been bowling heaps so I feel like my rhythm is there, it’s just about trying to work on yorkers, slower balls and different field placements I haven’t tried since the (ODI) World Cup,” expressed Pat Cummins. “Hopefully it doesn’t take too long to work on that. Then it’s back into red ball (cricket) after that. We’ve got six T20s all in a row, so I feel like you can put more attention into that rather than a quick in-and-out series.”
Australia will now shift their focus to a T20I series against Sri Lanka before playing against Pakistan in a series comprising both T20Is and Tests.