With the iconic Ashes test series just months away, speculations and verdicts are well underway from both England & Australia. After former skipper Steve Waugh, it’s the legendary wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist who’s dropped his two cents on the series. ‘Gilly’, as he’s known so very famously, believes that it’ll be fiery pacer Pat Cummins who’ll be the Aussies’ main pace weapon come November.
Cummins, who’s been plagued by injuries throughout his career, made a return in the longest format against India and is set to spearhead and debut in his first Ashes series.
Gilchrist, a well known figure in the Ashes history himself, believes Cummins can replicate Mitchell Johnson’s 37-wicket haul back in the 13-14 series. On Thursday (October 19), Gilchrist said to AAP, “When Starc is hot, he is unplayable. He is world class, as is the ever reliable Hazlewood. But Cummins I think can be the difference with his pace and his energy. He has been so impressive this year. The English were terrorised by Johnson last time they were out here,” he added. “If those boys get it right it will be a pretty formidable attack again.”
Gilchrist backs the fierce Cummins after performing well in the tours against India and Bangladesh in the sub continent. He added, “On those difficult tours of India and Bangladesh, one of the shining lights was Cummins’s energy and effort. The fact that he has strung together all those Tests this year, no one would be more relieved than him. He’s got confidence in his body now and he will be well managed. I can’t wait to see what he can do.”
Besides the place for the no. 6, Australia’s wicket keeping is another issue. Gilchrist has agreed with his captain Waugh by saying, “Whoever they pick, stick with them for a while, try and get some stability there. It is up to the player to warrant selection but if the selectors give them a decent run it could really launch a career. There is so much cricket between now and the first Test, whoever gets it done in those Shield games will probably get the opportunity”.