Cummins Warns Australia 'tough To Beat' As England Lose Anderson
Faizan Hashmi Published December 07, 2021 | 09:40 AM
Brisbane, Australia, Dec 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Dec, 2021 ) :Pat Cummins warned Tuesday an Australian side boasting some of "the all-time greats" will be tough to beat as England's task became harder with Jimmy Anderson set to miss the first Test.
England have yet to confirm the 39-year-old's absence, but Cummins seemed sure.
"He's obviously a great player and it's a shame that he won't be out there tomorrow, but it doesn't change what we are going to do," said the Australian captain, who will be taking charge of his first Test.
Anderson's apparent absence leaves England to choose four bowlers from Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach to play alongside returning all-rounder Ben Stokes.
They were already without pacemen Jofra Archer, who is not on the tour as he recovers from an elbow injury, and Olly Stone who missed out because of back surgery.
"He's going to be right up there as the biggest wicket, he's had a really good last 12 months or so, but I wouldn't necessarily say he's going to make it or break it for them," he said.
"We get along really well and have a lot of fun, so hopefully a tight-knit group. We are enjoying our cricket and we're relentless when we have our chance to play," he added.
England haven't won a Test in Brisbane since 1986 and have only done so four times -- twice in the 1930s, once against the Kerry Packer-weakened 1978-79 Australians and 35 years ago during Ian Botham's heyday But Root insisted the first Test, where showers are forecast, would "not define" their Ashes campaign.
"Avoiding defeat would be a brilliant start to the series, absolutely," he told BBC Sport Tuesday.
"In many respects we've got nothing to lose coming here for this series.
"Ultimately we've just got to concentrate on what's in front of us right now and starting the Test match well, getting into the series and managing everything else that goes around an Ashes first morning and taking the game from there."Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh HazlewoodEngland (from): Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.