Australia captain Pat Cummins has backed seamer Scott Boland and all-rounder Cameron Green to come good in the ICC WTC final against India here.
Boland has had a fantastic start to his Test career, and Cummins expects him to thrive in helpful conditions.
“These conditions will suit him. A seam bowler will be rewarded for bowling in good areas here, and that is what he brings to the table. He played the first Test in India on a docile pitch and still did a fantastic job. He’s a seasoned pro; if there is any assistance from the pitch he will take it to the next level,” Cummins said in a press conference here on Tuesday.
Green has blossomed into a genuine all-rounder - one who can win a match with either bat or bowl. Cummins likened Green to England star Ben Stokes in terms of lending that ‘X’ factor to the line-up.
“Green has been fantastic. In the last Test, he scored his first Test hundred. And before that, he took a five-for. He keeps growing and growing as a cricketer. It is a real luxury as a captain to have a fifth bowling option who can take wickets. We’ve seen what Ben Stokes has done for England. Having a key all-rounder in the top six can make a big difference,” Cummins said.
Asked if pacers can be expected to rule the roost here, especially so in the morning sessions, Cummins replied, “The weather looks good. It is a sunny day - so there is a tinge of green on the pitch.
But still, there are runs to be scored. In country cricket, we’ve seen decent scores at this ground all season long. The Oval always has a bit of pace and bounce, so hopefully there’s something in it for us quicks.”
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