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Prefer to be slightly underdone than overdone: Cummins on managing workload

Last updated on 05 Jun 2023 | 09:23 AM
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Prefer to be slightly underdone than overdone: Cummins on managing workload

The Aussie skipper also feels the team is rejuvenated after a lengthy break and are looking forward to the WTC final and the Ashes

Pat Cummins, the skipper of the Australian outfit, is happy with the preparations of the team ahead of a massive summer involving the summit clash of the World Test Championship and the much-awaited Ashes series. 

Australia will take on India on June 7 at the Oval in the final before kickstarting the Ashes with the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 16. 

While the Aussie side will enter the final on the back of much-needed rest, with most players not playing much competitive cricket, India will set foot at the Oval after a gruelling two-month-long Indian Premier League. 

Ahead of the marquee clash, Cummins believed the team is rejigged after the break and raring to go for a massive two-month challenge. "The breaks are rare to come by," he said in an ICC event. 

"We try and take a break when we can. I've always said that we have got six Test matches in the next two months, and I would much prefer to be slightly underdone than overdone. That's from a bowler's point of view."

"I always feel like it doesn't take too much to kind of get ready. And then I want to make sure I'm fresh physically for the matches. We have had some really good training at Beckenham the last week. 

The 30-year-old also felt the team has most bases covered as they have been training a lot in Australia, and some of the batters featured in the County championship. 

"Obviously, back home, we did a lot of training as well. So everyone's come in, we've trained really hard, everyone's rejuvenated, refreshed and pretty keen," he said. 

The right-arm pacer is also well aware of the challenges the team will face as they aim to get past the Indian side and clinch the coveted trophy. 

"At home, we have been pretty formidable and only beaten by Rohit's team in the last couple of tours, and we have been troubled. Everyone is hitting their grooves, and some are at the back end of their careers and at the top of their games," he concluded. 

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