Allan Border, a legendary cricketer from Australia, has expressed his admiration for Pat Cummins’ leadership but noted that the forthcoming four-match series against India will be the real “acid test and the final frontier” for him.
The premier Test series between Australia and India will get off in Jamtha on February 9, and Australia will be looking to win their first series in India in the last 19 years.
ABC Sport said that Border said the following about the upcoming competition: “That is going to be the acid test for him and the squad.”
The Australian pace spearhead has been having a phenomenal run since being thrust into the spotlight following Tim Paine’s unexpected resignation in the lead up to the Ashes 2021.
Cummins’ first victory as captain came in the form of a 4-0 clean sweep of the Ashes, followed by victories against Pakistan, the West Indies, and South Africa. In addition, Australia and Sri Lanka battled to a 1-1 draw away from their home stadium in the previous year.
As a consequence of these performances, Australia is now the clear favourite to win their first World Test Championships final. Before they face England in the Ashes, they will compete in the India series, which will be the final series on the WTC calendar. Their goal is to win on the home turf of their opponent for the first time since 2001.
“Because India is almost the last uncharted territory for the Australian cricket team, the following year will be the true test for both that team and Pat’s captaincy in particular.
“We haven’t had much success there, to be honest. It’s a tough environment to compete in, and it’s even tougher to come out on top, just like England “the 67-year-old person commented.
The former captain of the Australian cricket team admitted that he had some initial reservations about Pat Cummins taking charge of the Test squad, but he has since demonstrated that this has not had an impact on his bowling performance.
“Not because of the specific guy, but more due to the fact that he is our primary fast bowler, I was not as enthusiastic about the prospect of a fast bowler being made captain. However, he has successfully disproved the beliefs of a significant number of individuals, and he has done so in a very mature manner “Border stated.
“It’s possible that the composition of the team has been beneficial, as he has quite a few experienced players that he can run ideas by and that can, to some extent, take control of the situation when he’s bowling with the ball in his hand.
“I bow down to his accomplishments. He has performed extremely admirably. They appear to have a positive attitude. They are displaying excellent cricket playing ability, leaving the captain with little room for improvement.” The dates for Australia’s four Test matches in India are as follows: February 9-13 in Nagpur, February 17-21 in New Delhi, March 1-5 in Dharamsala, and March 5-9 in Ahmedabad (March 9-13).