Starc to return with new ball as Cummins ODI era begins

Pat Cummins will resist the temptation to take the new ball on his ODI captaincy debut against England tomorrow, and instead looks set to reunite Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood atop the limited bowling attack of Australia.

While Australia will not decide their starting line-up for the opener of the three-game Dettol ODI series until tomorrow’s draw at Adelaide Oval, Cummins today confirmed that Starc will return to his traditional role as pitcher and would most likely share the new ball with Hazlewood.

It was Australia’s previous outing at Adelaide Oval – the T20 World Cup tie against Afghanistan less than two weeks ago – that saw Starc omitted from the starting XI in what turned out be the last game of the defending champions tournament.

Under former ODI captain Aaron Finch, whose withdrawal from the 50-over format earlier this year led to Cummins’ appointment, the Australia Test skipper has been regularly deployed as a first-in-the-head option change or sometimes second change with the white ball.

Now that he’s able to call the shots, Cummins joked that he would fight from either end of the Adelaide Oval offered long-limit protection for “the ten overs, whenever I want, that which is awesome” before conceding that Starc would return as the attacking leader.

“Mitchell Starc will definitely take the new ball, and probably Joshy too,” Cummins told reporters at Adelaide Oval ahead of tomorrow’s game against reigning world champions ODI and T20I.

“He’s fine, Starcy. He’s great on the side as he always is, really positive

“I hope he knows his value to us because he’s been fantastic, especially in one-day cricket.

“The last two World Cups (over 50) he’s been close to player of the tournament in both, so he’s a huge player for us.

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“And we have 15 Test matches that I’m sure he’ll be involved in just about every one of them.”

Cummins begins his captaincy while answering questions about Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign, in which they failed to reach the play-offs despite a lone loss to New Zealand in the first round.

But as England win the tournament, following their breakthrough success in the ODI format at the 2019 World Cup 50 away in the UK, critics have taken aim at the host nation’s decision to drop Starc in their final game in Super 12.

Cummins said the change in decision to reinstate Starc had as much to do with the different tactics involved in 20-year-old cricket as it was about acknowledging the left-hander’s jaw-dropping record as a new-ball bowler and of “death” in the 50 years and over. Game.

“I think in T20 you get very specific about the matches and the distribution of the pins,” Cummins said today.

“Here it’s a bit more of a gut feeling and hopefully he (Starc) can take the new ball, spin it around, and he’s got a few overs to play with as well.

“I think some of the comments (around Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign) were probably a bit dramatized.

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“If you look back, we only lost one game.

“We might not have played our best cricket, but if a few different things had come our way, we might still have been in the final, and it all goes from there.

“I think we’re a bit stung knowing we didn’t play our best, especially that first game against New Zealand and we made it difficult.

“But I feel like we’re a good team in any format, and hopefully we can show that here.”

Under normal circumstances, a rampant England ODI side would pose a serious challenge to any opponent, no matter what the prevailing conditions.

But with the start of the series just four days after England crowned their T20 World Cup triumph over Pakistan at the MCG and with those celebrations continuing until yesterday, they go into tomorrow’s game slightly underestimated, even neglected.

Captain Jos Buttler admitted as much today, noting that England will use the opportunity to face “as much as possible” players who have just made their way into the ODI squad who have not been part of the success of world Cup.

“It’s going to be a challenge, there’s no point… trying to say all the right things, that we’ll be at our best,” Buttler told reporters ahead of the final pre-match training session. of his team.

“We celebrated well. Wins like these don’t happen often in your careers.

“We’ve had a lot of fun over the past few days and really got it all figured out.

“But there are a few guys who come in fresh, and a few guys who haven’t had a lot of playing time in the World Cup and are desperate to make their mark, so I’m sure once we get through the line against Australia, we will be fully fired up.

“We’ll have to light up pretty quickly.”

Despite a polite ‘no’ when asked if England had chosen a starting line-up for tomorrow’s day-night game, Buttler confirmed he would be right to leave and didn’t need rest during the three-game series.

Cummins acknowledged that England had earned the right to indulge in some celebrations given the success of their World Cup campaign, and were wary of claiming any sort of pre-match advantage due to the introduction unusual from his opponents.

“They might be a little sleep deprived, but they’re part of the class,” he said.

“A few of their squad members for the ODIs weren’t in the T20s, so I’m sure it will create a bit of an impact.

“But they’re riding high so they’ll definitely be strong, even if they’re a bit tired.”

Buttler and famed members of England’s T20I squad aren’t the only players heading into tomorrow’s series opener on the back of less than optimal preparation.

Cummins only joined his teammates in Adelaide yesterday afternoon, after being brought down by a gastro-like ‘bug’ which saw him spend a few days bedridden in Sydney earlier this week.

But the new ODI skipper is starting his captaincy in fine form and adds that despite the disappointment of missing out on a World Cup final on home soil, his players have enjoyed a few days of rest and refreshment at home before gathering in Adelaide this week.

It also marks the resumption of the men’s international summer of bilateral matches, which also includes home NRMA Insurance Tests against the West Indies and South Africa before Cummins leads his Test squad on tours of India and in England, as well as the possibility of a Test World Championship final.

It was this daunting schedule, which he says represents “around 100 days of cricket for Australia over the next 12 months” that convinced him to give up his lucrative contract with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League l ‘next year.

“I really like playing in the IPL, and the team there in Kolkata, I’ve been with them for four or five years,” he said.

“But I think looking at the schedule it was quite an easy decision. There is so much Australian cricket.

“If we make the Test World Championship final, it’s 15 Test matches in the next six or seven months and then kick off the one-day World Cup (in India in 12 months).

“Not only do you want to be physically fresh, but as a captain you want to be as mentally fresh as possible to make better decisions when you need to.

“Right after the IPL there are six Test matches in England, hopefully we will make the final (of the Test Championship).

“I know I was totally exhausted after the last Ashes 2019 series, so I just want to make sure I go there as fresh as possible.”

Men’s Dettol ODI Series v England

Thursday, November 17: Adelaide Oval, 1.50pm

Saturday November 19: CGS, 2:20 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22: CWM, 2:20 p.m.

Australia ODI team: Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

England ODI team: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Luke Wood

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