Pat Cummins © Getty Images
Pat Cummins © Getty Images

With no Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson for the upcoming ODI series against India, the load falls on Pat Cummins. David Saker, the stand-in head coach for Australia, wants to use Cummins for all the matches. However, the team management will also closely monitor Cummins workload. Cummins will be spearheading an inexperienced pace attack not just in ODIs but also the T20Is next month. Cummins pushed himself in the oppressive conditions of Bangladesh, but resting him for the India tour was just Plan B. Cummins has been in and out of the international circuit since his debut against South Africa in 2011 where he made huge impact as a teenager.

He bowled just 4 overs against Broad President XI. Saker feels it is India versus Australia, a series that could decide the fate of both the teams in ODI rankings, “At this stage we’re planning for him to play all the games. We will look at (resting him), it’s obviously been brought up between all of us. We know that his workloads are up there, but we know it’s an important series. It’s Australia vs India, it doesn’t get any bigger than that,” he told cricket.com.au. Saker is sticking to Plan A that is playing Cummins in all matches.

Although the workload is up there for Cummins, the 24-year-old is equally eager to play in India, “He’s really determined to play well over here. It’ll be game-by-game basis, we’ll play it by the ear.”

Cummins will be supported by James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson, who has been called up in place of injured Hazlewood. The ODI series begins on Sunday with the first game being held at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.