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Adam Gilchrist reckons Pat Cummins would terrorize the English batting order

Cummins I think can be the difference with his pace and his energy, says Gilchrist

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins of Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Former Australian legendary wicket-keeper batsman, Adam Gilchrist, reckons that the express pace of Pat Cummins would cause havoc in the English top-order. Gilly further believes that the 24-year-old is the one bowler who could terrorize the batting line-up of the English.

The speedster made his debut for Australia, against South Africa where he ran through their top-order before suffering an injury which ruled him out from the longest format of the game for five years.

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However, the pacer made his return in the recently concluded series against India, where his impact was immediate against the strong top-order of the host nation.

The X-factor in the playing XI:

Cummins added the edge to the Australian bowling attack after left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the squad following a stress injury to his foot. Gilchrist adds that Cummins would be the X-factor in the Australian bowling attack, just like Mitchell Johnson was in the Ashes back in 2013.

“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,” claimed Adam Gilchrist according to AAP.

“He (Cummins) has been so impressive this year. The English were terrorised by Johnson last time they were out here. If those boys get it right it will be a pretty formidable attack again,” added the three-time World Cup winning Australian.

An Ashes debut for the 24-year-old:

After impressing the selectors on the Indian tour, it is likely to be expected that the right-arm seamer would find his place in the playing XI when England visit the host Australia in an intense tour of long-form cricket.

Gilchrist feels that Cummins would be confident after his good performances in India and Bangladesh. “On those difficult tours of India and Bangladesh, one of the shining lights was Cummins’ energy and effort,” he said.

“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,” concluded Gilchrist.

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