Indian spinners are a challenge in home conditions: Pat Cummins

Chennai, (UNI) Australia Captain Pat Cummins on Saturday admitted that Indian spinners in home conditions are a challenge, but the team had success against them a few times.

“They are a good bowling lineup, especially here in home conditions. So, they’re going to be challenging. The good thing is we’ve played them a lot. So, our batters will have their own plans. And again, we’ve had success against them a few times.

They’ve bowled well against us a few times as well,” he told reporters on the eve of the match against India here.

Asked if David Warner is going to bat right-handed against Ravichandran Ashwin, Cummins said, “Yeah, Davey, we’ll see if he bats right-handed or left-handed. Yeah, he’s probably better left-handed, I reckon, but we’ll see how we go.”

Asked if Australia will keep the legacy of performing well at MA Chidamabaram Stadium, Cummins said, “Yeah, hopefully. Yeah, it’s a ground we’ve played quite often. It feels like whenever we tour India, there seems to be a game here. A few of the guys have played for CSK as well, or you know, a fair bit here for IPL. So yeah, it’s a nice ground and we like playing here. Hopefully we keep that going.”

This ground is considered as the happy hunting ground for Australia from the 1987 World Cup onwards.

Asked how much of the ODI series in March and last month helped him in this World Cup, Cummins said: “It’s no doubt helpful playing a lot here, not only for Australia but IPL. I’ve probably played more white ball cricket in India than I have in Australia over the last 10 years, so it’s conditions we know really well.”

“And I think the positive thing is that we’ve played some really good one-day cricket against India over here over the last few years so we can draw back on that and that can be front of mind.

“In terms of a World Cup record, we probably can’t take too much credit for the World Cup wins in 1980s and 90s and early 2000s, but we’re really happy with how we’ve played over here lately,” he said.

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