Australia pacer Pat Cummins has issued a warning to opposition batters by declaring he is fit and firing and ready to peak during the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
Cummins skipped Australia’s recent home series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand and hasn’t featured for his country since their World Test Championship series against Sri Lanka at the start of July.
The break has allowed Cummins to get plenty of rest into his battle-weary body and spend some extra time with his wife and young child ahead of a busy summer of cricket at home for Australia.
Cummins is currently in India preparing for Australia’s three-match T20I series against India, before he returns home to try and help his side retain the T20 World Cup crown they won in Dubai last year.
And Australia’s Test captain says he is ready for the hectic upcoming schedule and confident he can make an impact in whatever format he plays.
“I’m pretty keen to play quite a lot so that come the World Cup I feel like my game is in really good order,” Cummins said.
“That World Cup is the time we want to be peaking so I think we’ll find that balance between making sure we’re ready but not overcooked going to the start of the World Cup.
“I feel probably the best I have for a year or two, my body feels fresh, it feels like I’ve been able to have a mini pre-season.
“In terms of mindset, I feel really fresh and ready to get stuck in, so it was a great break, a couple of the niggles are fine.
“There will be ongoing management, some of those things just compound if you don’t get that little window, so they are all as good as they have been for a while.”
Australia will field a relatively experimental side against India during the three-match series that commences in Mohali on Tuesday, with as many as four first choice players missing through injury or rested.
Veteran opener David Warner skipped the tour to help obtain some extra rest prior to the T20 World Cup, while regulars Mitch Marsh (ankle), Marcus Stoinis (side) and Mitchell Starc (knee) are battling minor injury concerns.
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It means highly-touted all-rounder Tim David is likely to make his Australia debut against India and Cummins is confident the 26-year-old can slot in seamlessly to his side’s middle-order.
“He’s been right up there with the best in the world batting in that middle-order,” Cummins said.
“It’s a really tough spot (to bat), you see most of the run-scorers open the batting or in the top-order.
“It’s really hard to be consistently coming in when there’s spin bowlers or at the end of the innings and I think he’s been fantastic.
“So if he gets his chance, hopefully he can continue doing what he’s been doing in the domestic leagues around the world.”
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
September 20: First T20, Mohalic
September 23: Second T20, Nagpur
September 25: Third T20, Hyderabad