Cum­mins goes into bat for Aussie top or­der

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - DAR­REN WAL­TON

PAT Cum­mins has warned big-talk­ing Pak­istan to un­der­es­ti­mate Aus­tralia’s bat­ting line-up at its peril this sum­mer.

With the tourists’ ex­cit­ing new pace at­tack dom­i­nat­ing Aus­tralia A in Perth this week, there’s been a lot of blus­ter com­ing from the Pak­istan ranks as they chase a his­toric first Test se­ries win down un­der.

Star opener David Warner was par­tic­u­larly poor, av­er­ag­ing just 9.5 in 10 in­nings, dur­ing Aus­tralia’s Ashes se­ries in Eng­land, while Mar­cus Har­ris and Us­man Khawaja have both been dropped for next week’s se­ries opener in Bris­bane. Cum­mins, though, said bring it on if Pak­istan con­sid­ered Aus­tralia’s top or­der to be brit­tle, or even a weak link.

“Yeah per­fect. Ob­vi­ously the pink-ball Aussie A game over in Perth, you can’t look into that too much,” Cum­mins said yes­ter­day.

“The pink ball is re­ally hard to bat [against] at times. The ball zips around. We’re re­ally con­fi­dent when we play at the Gabba. Our record there start­ing off the sum­mer is re­ally good and we’ve got guys who have been churn­ing out runs.

“You’ve got Steve Smith, the best bat­ter in the world, Dave Warner, Mar­nus [Labuschagn­e], Trav Head, Matt Wade. These guys have all scored big runs in shield games or Test matches the last cou­ple of months. I wouldn’t be look­ing too much into the last week [in Perth].”

Cum­mins did con­cede Aus­tralia’s bats­men could have their hands full at times deal­ing with the likes of young lef­t­arm quick Sha­heen Afridi, 16year-old sen­sa­tion Naseem Shah and vet­eran seamer Im­ran Khan.

“It seems like they’ve got a cou­ple of re­ally young bowlers who are bowl­ing quick and quite lively,” he said.

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