Senior Australian bowler Pat Cummins has warned India ahead of the T20I series, urging the hosts to not take them lightly. The three-match series will get underway on September 20 at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
The Men in Blue have named a star-studded squad for the Aussie series, which will be the preparation ground for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, starting next month. While Rohit Sharma and Co. enjoy a tremendous record at home, the defending T20 champions will be a challenging opponent to beat.
Although Australia will miss the services of David Warner, who has been rested, and the injured trio of all-rounders Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and ace pacer Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins feels India will have to pay the price if they take the Aussies lightly.
‘Don’t take us lightly; we are here to win. We understand some of the players are missing, but no one can still afford us to take lightly’, Cummins said while addressing reporters.
Pat Cummins last played for Australia against Sri Lanka in July and is making a comeback after more than two months. He missed Australia’s last two home series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
“I’m pretty keen to play quite a lot” – Pat Cummins
Australia’s Test captain, who is coming back to action after a significant gap, is eager to play all the games and peak at the right time before the ICC T20 World Cup. Speaking on his game time, Pat Cummins said:
“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. 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.”