Pat Cummins opens up about his dilemma in playing the limited-overs series against India

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Australia pacer Pat Cummins on Monday said that he hasn’t decided yet whether to play in the limited-overs series against India which is starting from November 27 despite being fresh after staying in the bio-secure bubbles for three months. Cummins, who featured for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2020 Indian Premier League in the UAE and returned last week, has been staying on and off inside the bio-secure bubbles since their series in England in late August. However, this is not the reason as he has a fear of fatigue.

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“(I) haven’t made a final decision on that yet. (It’s) unprecedented times with so many people spending a large portion of time in these bubbles so we’re going to keep all the conversations open, chat about that a bit closer to when we all get together. There’s always cricket on, so we’ll make sure we’re all open about that, having those conversations,” said the pacer during a video conference as reported by ‘cricket.com.au’.

Pat Cummins has been added in both the white and red-ball squads as vice-captain too. Meanwhile, the limited-overs series will be played in Sydney and Canberra prior to the four-match Test series, starting in Adelaide on December 17 as well.

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“I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s times throughout the summer where some players might just need a little rest knowing not only how busy this next couple of months is but also a tour of South Africa (February-March) and a few away tours next year,” said Pat Cummins.

However, the speedster is now in Sydney, undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine period and will join the squad on November 27, the day of the first match at the SCG. Meanwhile, despite staying inside the bio-bubbles for three months now, Cummins shared he felt it is a “pretty good place” as well.

“One of the benefits of being in a bubble in the UAE was we didn’t spend much time travelling. A normal IPL we’re on a flight every second day, different city, so I think sometimes that can be as draining as the playing part. No doubt as well, the six or seven months we had at home (during the winter) put us in a pretty good place leading into the England tour and IPL,” he again shared.

“Coming in fresh to those tours it doesn’t feel like the end of the summer, it feels like I’m ready to start the tour and in a pretty good place. If it happens I’ll be happy. Hopefully, the (pitch) conditions will be what we as Aussies are accustomed to. Hopefully they’ve got a bit more bounce and pace than you would a place like India so that home advantage might come into it,” Pat Cummins concluded.

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