Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has requested Australia to hand premier paceman Pat Cummins the new ball in Test cricket. Cummins, ranked No. 1 in the ICC standings for Test bowlers, has often been used as a first-change bowling option with Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc sharing the new ball.
The 26-year-old did bowl with the new ball during the majority of the Ashes series in England but has not had the opportunity to do so in his side’s home season for the last two years. Lee believes Cummins is the most potent force in Australia’s bowling attack and deserves to make the most of helpful seam conditions.
“Pat Cummins has to get the new ball; he must get the new ball. Don’t bowl him first-change. Sure, he can do it. But don’t waste him. I don’t know if he’s been unfairly targeted as a guy who can play a number of roles. That’s been to his detriment I think,” Lee advised the Australian team management.