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Cummins to be Aussies' World Cup spearhead

Pat Cummins has relished the responsibility of taking the new ball in India with his 14 wickets helping Australia defeat the hosts in the 5-match series.

Cummins to be Aussies' World Cup spearhead

Pat Cummins has relished the responsibility of taking the new ball in India with his 14 wickets helping Australia defeat the hosts in the 5-match series.

Pat Cummins
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Uncertain of his white-ball form upon arriving in India, Pat Cummins warmed up for the World Cup by producing his best ODI series.

Cummins grabbed 14 wickets at 15.71 in the five matches and would have earned man-of-the-series honours if not for Usman Khawaja's efforts.


No Australian bowler has enjoyed such a productive five-match series in India.

"I've played a little bit of one-day cricket before but it felt like I hadn't really clicked in this format," Cummins said after Australia completed a 3-2 series win.

"It felt like I bowled well in the Australian summer, so glad it keeps on clicking. Hopefully it continues for the World Cup."

Cummins was part of Australia's triumphant 2015 World Cup squad but only played two games during that tournament.

The 25-year-old is now on track to spearhead Australia's World Cup campaign that starts in England on June 1, especially with questions remaining over Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood's availability because of injuries.

Cummins proved a nightmare for India's openers during the series, regularly striking with the new ball.

Much of the focus has been on who will drop out of the current squad to accommodate Steve Smith and David Warner's returns but competition for spots is also fierce among the bowlers.

"I wouldn't want to be a selector. It's going to be a tough job, whittling it down to 15," Cummins said.

"There's obviously a few guys to come back as well.

"The batsmen, the way they played the spinners and the quicks in India - it was incredible. To get those kind of scores on these kind of wickets, they made it look a lot easier to bat on than it was."

The paceman played an unheralded role in Australia's record chase of 359 in the fourth ODI.

If not Cummins' maiden five-wicket haul in the format then almost certainly would have been chasing an even more imposing total.


AAP




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