Pat Cummins is ready to enter the T20 World Cup after having a break at home to prepare for a big summer (Photo - Cricket Australia).

Pat Cummins may be fighting for his spot in Australia's T20 World Cup side, but he's confident the squad have what it takes to go far.

Pat Cummins may be one of the world’s best bowlers, but that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a spot in Australia’s T20 World Cup side.

The fast bowler, despite admitting he’s “chomping at the bit” to play, is prepared to carry the drinks for his nation if it is what gets the Aussies deep into the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE.

“Fifteen doesn’t fit into 11 in this squad, and we’ve made it clear there’s a squad mentality,” Cummins said.

“I think there’s a possibility that anyone might not play, it’s a World Cup and it’s about what the selectors think is best for the side to win. Obviously, I want to play but some people are going to have to miss out.”

Cummins enters the UAE after five months of no cricket and preparing at home in New South Wales, with the bowler practicing with the state team while also welcoming his first-born child into the world with partner Becky. Despite not playing in the IPL with some of his Australian teammates, Cummins is confident he is ready to go.

“I trained every day with New South Wales, it gave me a good base to get my body right and to work on things you don’t get to when you’re playing all the time,” he said.


“Before I came I did quite a few centre wicket practices, going full out for the last month knowing that I might not get a heap of game time before the World Cup starts, so I feel really good and in a good place.”

Cummins and teammate Mitchell Starc, who also prepared from home in the lead-up, both join a squad that is in fine form ahead of their first game against South Africa on Saturday. With plenty of different bowlers putting their hand up for selection, Cummins believes Australia’s rich bowling stocks are a “good problem to have”.

“We have six, seven, or eight guys at the top of their game in our squad from a bowling point of view,” he said.

“Conversations around our T20 side in the last few years have been about whether we play five bowlers or whether we play the four and rely on the all-rounder, it might change game to game.”

Despite being out-classed by India yesterday in their second and last warm-up outing before Saturday’s opener, Cummins wasn’t fussed about the one-sided result. He urged Australians not to look too far into it and said it was the perfect chance to give the squad another meaningful hit out.

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But the major talk from the bowlers after the recent IPL and warm-up games is the differing conditions of the pitches, with the time of day being a crucial factor as to how the traditionally low and slow UAE pitches play.

“Sometimes the wickets have been tired and sometimes we get good wickets, I think the biggest chat has been about the difference between the day and night games,” Cummins said.

“The night games tend to be more batter friendly as there’s a bit of dew around and the ball skids on, whereas the day games are a bit dryer. Our first game is a day one so yesterday’s game might not be too far off what we can expect on Saturday.”

The variation in conditions on offer for bowlers has left Cummins preparing an arsenal of weapons to account for any pitch changes. Slower balls will be the key in dry conditions to react with the pitch and take speed away from the ball, while yorkers and bouncers may be needed to offer points of difference in night matches.

Now in the UAE bubble with his Aussie teammates, Cummins is oblivious to the external noise about Australia’s historical struggles in T20 World Cups. Despite the pressure, the paceman is optimistic about how far his side can go in the UAE.

“We haven’t spoken about what anyone has been saying about us, our conversations have been along the lines of we have some of the best players in the world and everyone’s fit and ready to go,” he said.

“We’ve played a lot of cricket together, so within the camp there’s a real confidence and we’re excited to get started.”

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