Australian Selectors picked the 12-man squad for the Gabba test, which includes those players, who did their job impressively in Adelaide against South Africa.
Legendary Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath believes that the national selectors need to keep patience for the fast bowler Pat Cummins. They have made a correct decision to not select him for the first test against Pakistan. He also added Cummins is looking pretty good in ODIs but he still needs a bit of foundation to play the Tests.
After his career best figures of 4/41 against New Zealand in the second one-day international in Canberra this week, Cummins is in the limelight for the selection.
Former Australian cricketer Brendon Julian said about Pet, “I’ll put him in the Gabba side right now. The Test match starts on the 15th, it’s a day-nighter against Pakistan. He’s not going to be bowling a lot of overs, it’s not going to be hot. I reckon they’ll be getting him in there. Could you imagine him bowling against Pakistan in a day-nighter?”
But McGrath felt that Cummins needs more time to play Test cricket. McGrath told news.com.au, “I think in the shorter version of the game, which is pretty much what he’s played, he can hold his action together and he’s looking pretty good.”
“To me, the true test will be how he goes in the longer version and how he goes coming back bowling later in a second spell or third spell, when he’s a little bit tired, a little bit fatigued. You can’t just go into a game and bowl forty overs, without having a bit of foundation there.”
McGrath, who was impressed with Cummins’ performance in Canberra, the quick struggled early in Sydney. The Aussie legend played 124-Tests for his country said that the 23-year-old fast bowler was still feeling his way back into the international arena.
McGrath said, “Whether it was just him getting back into international cricket, or a few nerves when you play better opposition (like New Zealand), the bad balls get put away.”
The legend added, “I personally needed an off-season to get a bit of strength and fitness back into me. Match fitness is different to general fitness and strength.”
The Gabba Test will be followed by games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26-30 and the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 3-7, 2017.
Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk).