Former Australian captain Steve Waugh feels that the absence of Pat Cummins from upcoming four-Test series between Australia and India has made it an “even” contest.
“I’d have felt more comfortable if we had Cummins in the line-up. His absence maybe sways the series back to it being a very even contest. It’ll also depend upon the type of pitches we play on,” said Waugh.
“India like slow turning, slow tracks and if we dish a few of those up, they’ll be hard to beat … if we get them on green tops and it’s bouncing, we’ll be right in it,” he added.
Waugh said injury to key players such as Cummins, Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris has weakened Australia.
“It’s the biggest issue in Australian cricket, the injury situation. Why is it happening? Is there a way we can prevent it? Is there something we can do better or do differently? This spate of injuries to the young players is a major concern,” he said.
“It’s a tragedy to think the Boxing Day Test – a showpiece event – won’t have Pat Cummins versus Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
“Cummins and James Pattinson, the young guns, going up against the legends would’ve been worth the price of admission itself. It’s a shame for the game, for the spectators and especially for Pat himself. As I said, we need to work out why it’s happening and what we need to do differently,” he added.
The first Test of the series will start in Melbourne on December 26.
The remaining Tests will be played in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. The Tests will be followed by two Twenty20 internationals, before Sri Lanka join in for a one-day tri-series from February 5.