Australian all-rounder Pat Cummins had a great 2018. He picked up a lot of wickets and scored an ample amount of runs to better his record as a player.
Cummins had an amazing year, culminating the Allan Border Medal (Player of the Year) at the Australian Cricket Awards. The right-handed fast bowler picked up 52 wickets across all the formats, at an amazing average of 22.01.
His bowling in the recent past has been a topic of discussion as many experts of the game believe that he should be the new opening bowler for the Aussies in red-ball cricket.
However, the 25-year-old all-rounder shared he needs to improve his bowling skills, especially his swinging capabilities ahead of the Ashes series against England, starting from August.
Cummins shared, “There’s definitely things I always try and improve every time I train. A lot of the Tests here in Australia, the ball does not really swing too much. So getting over there, preparing well, and trying to improve my swing bowling, that is definitely one thing. Someone like Mitchell Starc bowled 150kph all summer, so I am trying to maintain a pace like that. Every time I play and bowl I feel like I learn a little bit more.”
After having a terrific year, the pacer was also made the side’s vice-captain in the longest format of the game during the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka and has become one of the most important members of the team.
The recipient of the Allan Border medal also shared that he knew he would come back stronger than before after he was excluded from the Test side due to an injury.
“If you play a lot of cricket and you get injured, you can deal with that. This year I had a few months off with a back issue but I’d players so much cricket beforehand that I knew those big worries of the past were hopefully behind me for a while. I just had a lot of confidence and knew I’d come back bowling well, get back in the side and all things going well, have a good summer like I did the previous year.”
He concluded, “Just having the ability to look in the diary ahead and plan out tours in my head, and just worry about bowling well as opposed to if I am going to be in the side or if I am going to be fit enough.”
Cummins is now gearing up for the tour of India, which starts from February 24.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar