'It's going to be a lot of fun' – Cummins looks forward to T20WC 2020
Historically, Australia have been one of the most successful cricket teams. Apart from dominating Test cricket at various points in history, they have five ICC Men's Cricket World Cup trophies in the cabinet. They haven't, however, been able to replicate that success in the ICC T20 World Cup so far, only once making it to the final across six editions, when they went down to Paul Collingwood's England in 2010.
Pat Cummins, who was part of the Australian side that lifted the fifty-over World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2015, knows how home support can lift a team. He feels that extra boost could help propel Australia to their first title in the shortest format next year.
"It's massive," he said. "I think you saw during the one day World Cup in 2015, how the whole country got behind that, what winning that World Cup meant to so many cricket fans and how many more fans it brought to cricket. So fingers crossed for that final. There's a fair bit of work to go, but either way, I think it's gonna be a lot of fun."
While crowd support is important, close knowledge of conditions will further aid Australia in their mission, according to Cummins. He feels the team's recent series wins against Sri Lanka and Pakistan highlight their preparedness at home.
"The last two series was as well as I think we've played for a long time. Home advantage is always going to help. These fields are a bit bigger than what you might get over in the subcontinent or England.
Australia in T20Is in 2019:— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) November 9, 2019
🔹 Matches ➔ 8
🔹 Won ➔ 7
🔹 No result ➔ 1
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"So we know these conditions really well. We've got the next 12 months to basically put a squad together. And the good thing is, as you saw the last series, everyone's playing really well. So hopefully we can keep the core of that squad together, really nail down our different roles and go all guns blazing for the World Cup next year."
Cummins, the top-ranked bowler in MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings, hadn't been a regular feature in Australia's T20I setup, having made just 20 appearances in the format since his debut in October 2011, before he played in five straight games against Sri Lanka and Pakistan this home season. He now seems to have worked out the right approach to succeed in the shortest version.
"I find it's a bit of a different tempo," Cummins said on bowling in T20Is. "It sounds pretty silly, you've got just twenty four balls, so you want to run in and try and hit the wicket a little bit harder, try and get something a bit more out of it, and of course the change ups – slower balls, yorkers and the slower ball bouncers. The way you set the field is so different to Test cricket. So it takes a little bit of time to adjusting, at least a few training sessions.
Bowlers taking wickets ✅— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) November 8, 2019
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Unbeaten home summer in T20Is ✅
Just under a year until the Men's #T20WorldCup gets underway and the hosts are looking in fine form 🔥 pic.twitter.com/h9ZngYYOir
"I loved those five games. Usually it's only a two or three match series squeezed in between a couple of other series. So for me just to concentrate on T20 cricket for a couple of weeks was something I had not done for for quite a while. So I really enjoyed it."
Josh Hazlewood too echoed in Cummins words, and believed that the team is moving in the right direction in terms of getting their combinations right.
"It's probably the first time Australia has been able put their number one team on the park in consecutive games," Hazlewood said "I think guys have begun to learn how to play well and what roles to play within the team. We saw how dominant they were in those games. So it's exciting times."