Australia skipper Pat Cummins claims that the SCG pitch has a “huge connection” to Indian conditions ahead of the third Test against South Africa, hoping that it will provide his team with ideal preparation for their upcoming red-ball series in India.
Australia is 2-0 ahead of South Africa in the three-match series, and a victory at the SCG would almost guarantee their place in the World Test Championships Final, which will be held at the Oval in June. In light of the upcoming tour of India in February, a dry, spinning surface is anticipated at the SCG, as Australia has historically struggled in subcontinent conditions.
Cummins stated to reporters on Tuesday, “It’s a huge connection to India.”We can anticipate the introduction of fast bowling and reverse swing in India. It’s a really good connection because we probably will get more spin overs here and our batters probably will face more spin here as well.
With 10 victories from 14 Tests, Australia is at the top of the WTC points table at the moment. Cummins and Co. will face India, who are in second place with eight wins, in their final series before the championship game.
Before facing their arch-rivals England in the five-Test Ashes campaign, Australia hopes to reach the WTC final in June.
“It’s been a major driver for us over the most recent few years. Playing in a final against India, say, in London at a neutral venue is really exciting, in my opinion.
After receiving four points from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for being two overs behind in the 2020 Boxing Day Test, Australia lost out on a spot in the WTC final to New Zealand.
The Australian pace leader stated, “It was still a new concept, so even things like over rates – it wasn’t really spoken about as important as perhaps what we think about it now.”
. We’ve put ourselves in a position to earn that spot early, which is a big motivator for us, and I believe we’ve been playing fantastically.
“Adding a World Test Championship final is huge, but going to England and playing an Ashes series is always exciting.” On February 9, Nagpur will host the Border-Gavaskar Trophy’s first test. The following three Tests will be held in Delhi, Dharamsala, and Ahmedabad respectively.
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