“No rest for Cummins with series on line”, asserts Finch
Pat Cummins will not be rotated in the series, mentioned Australia captain Aaron Finch. (AFP Image)

Pat Cummins has been at the forefront of Australia‘s pace attack, and while clamours for his workload management ahead of the World Cup have been doing the rounds, Aaron Finch, on the contrary, feels it is important for the 25-year-old to keep going. (READ: Kohli’s “chanceless” knock made the difference – Cummins)

Cummins has been on the road since his return from a back injury in October, barring the ODIs against India in January. Considering his history of injuries, Cummins was expected to be rotated, but the way the series is poised, Finch is not willing to rest his pace spearhead. Cummins has returned figures of 4/29 and 3/37 in the previous two ODI games and with Australia trailing 1-2, Finch feels now is not the best time to rest him. (READ: Cummins calls Bumrah a threat in all three formats)

“The way he’s bowling, he’s been unbelievable with the ball,” Finch said on the eve of the fourth ODI in Mohali. “All through the summer – Tests, ODIs, it doesn’t matter – he has just been doing the business. No doubt Patty has put in a lot of work, so I think going forward we will definitely have to talk about it (rest). But at 2-1, series on the line, I don’t think so.”

While all major teams are considering resting key players with the World Cup knocking, Finch pointed out the opposite. Australia have lost their last four bilateral ODI series and their last win dates back to 2017. Eager to break the drought in the ongoing series in India and the one against Pakistan in the UAE, Finch mentioned it is important for Australia to gather winning momentum in the road to the World Cup.

“It’s been a while since we’ve won a one-day series, so it’s in no way a chance to take the foot off the gas because we’ve won one game,” Finch said. “It’s about continuing to strive forward and keep improving. It’s about winning series, winning games, getting momentum, getting confidence in the group we can win tight games. Keep getting that belief in the group.”

As Australia seek yet another win to force the series into the decider in Delhi on Wednesday, the onus will once again be on the fast bowlers to inflict early damage to India. In Ranchi, Cummins and Jhye Richardson reduced the top order to 27 for 3 as India, chasing 314 to win, were bowled out for 281.

“It was very impressive,” Finch said. “I thought on that wicket the length that they bowled was crucial. Any width was always going to get punished as it does in one-day cricket but the length that they bowled early on was crucial. Trapping Rohit on the crease was an important wicket but apart from that our bowling was pretty good throughout.”