Pat Cummins expects spinners to play a key role in the upcoming three-match ODI series against India.
Australia, who have been in sizzling form throughout their home summer, have a stern test on their hands against India on slow, low wickets.
According to Cummins, the chances of having a dust bowl in an ODI are slim but the role of spinners in middle overs is extremely crucial.
“I think spinners play a bigger part in India than they do around the world but it’s rare you get a big spinning dust bowl for a one day international,” Cummins told reporters ahead of the series.
Australia made a stellar comeback last time when they played India on their home soil. They were 2-0 down but won the last three matches to clinch the five-match series 3-2.
Cummins himself was the leading wicket taker (14 wickets) whereas leg-spinner Adam Zampa was placed on second spot (11 scalps). Nathan Lyon was the second spinner in Australia’s squad but he was picked for three matches.
With Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar as two genuine spin bowlers in their squad this time around, Cummins feels the duo could make an impact when the ball gets softer.
“The last series I think we played two spinners, they also played two so they are certainly important, especially in the middle overs,” Cummins said.
“Upfront, there’s always a little bit in it with a new ball like anywhere else in the world. But then after that, I feel that the ball gets probably a little bit softer and chewed up more over there (India) than it does in other parts of the world which makes it a little bit easier sometimes bowling with a bit of a softer ball.
“But it’s just a different challenge, the fields there are a lot smaller and faster than here in Australia, the wickets aren’t as pacey and bouncy but it’s the same format just a slightly different beast,” he concluded.
The ODI series kicks off from January 14 at Mumbai.