Australian nice Allan Border is mighty impressed with Pat Cummins’ captaincy however mentioned the upcoming four-Check collection towards India can be his actual “acid test and the final frontier”.
Australia will start the marquee Check collection at Jamtha from February 9 as they eye their first collection win in India in 19 years.
“That is going to be the acid test for him and the team,” Border was quoted saying by ABC Sport.
Having been elevated to the recent seat after Tim Paine’s sudden resignation forward of the Ashes 2021, the Aussie tempo spearhead has had a golden run.
Cummins started his captaincy stint profitable the Ashes 4-0, then gained towards Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa. Australia additionally drew 1-1 with Sri Lanka away from residence final yr.
The outcomes meant Australia are favourites to make their maiden World Check Championships ultimate. The India collection would be the final collection within the WTC calendar earlier than they tackle England within the Ashes with a watch to win on opposition soil for the primary time since 2001.
“The next 12 months is the real test for that side and Pat’s captaincy in particular because India is just about the last frontier for the Australian cricket team.
“We haven’t won there very often. It’s a hard place to play and a hard place to win and England is the same,” the 67-year-old mentioned.
The previous Australian skipper mentioned initially he was apprehensive about Cummins main the Check facet however he has ensured that it didn’t have an effect on his bowling.
“I was not as keen to see a fast bowler (appointed captain), not necessarily the individual but more just the fact that he’s our number-one fast bowler. But he’s proved so many people wrong and he’s handled that so well,” Border mentioned.
“Maybe the make-up of the team has helped, where he’s got quite a few senior players that he can bounce things off and they can sort of take over to a certain degree when he’s got the ball in his hand when he’s bowling.
“I take my hat off to him. He’s done fantastically well. They look like a happy side. They’re playing very good cricket and that’s all you can do as captain.” Australia will play 4 Exams in Nagpur (February 9-13), New Delhi (February 17-21), Dharamsala (March 1-5) and Ahmedabad (March 9-13).