The 27-year-old, who is ranked No. 1 in the ICC Test rankings, has just gone from strength to strength since making his comeback in 2017 from a prolonged injury layoff after his debut back in 2011.
The Indian batsmen, particularly Cheteshwar Pujara, have again been witness to Cummins’ brilliance over the past month. Among his many qualities, his ability to hone in on a specific area in the pitch and not give away easy scoring opportunities even when bowling long spells is most impressive. It was on display in Sydney on Saturday with figures of 21.4-10-29-4.
Cummins puts it down to staying fresh this Australian summer, having not played a lot of cricket over the past few months due to Covid.
“Yes, I am bowling as well as I ever have. My rhythm feels pretty good. I have got pretty good control on not just where the ball is landing but seam movement as well. The fact that I am fresh having not played Tests since last summer has been a massive help,” Cummins said on Saturday.
Cummins’ standing in Australian cricket only seems set to grow in the coming years. Given his current position as vice-captain, it is quite possible that the mantle of Test captain will come his way once the 36-year-old Tim Paine calls it a day.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke certainly endorsed Cummins recently when he said that the pacer is ready to take over as Paine’s successor. “Pat’s ready for it,” Clarke had said. “I love that they’ve given him the full-time vice-captaincy.”