Should we laugh? No! But it is so laughable that after a lot of dilly dally CA finally made up their mind on Pat Cummins as injured Mitchell Starc’s replacement. Well, he actually may not get a game as well because if they look at the spinning Ranchi wicket, they may go for a three-pronged spin attack with Mitch Swepson also included. But, that again is highly unlikely. Pat Cummins should in all probability be preferred over young Swepson. But what got him shocked seems his inclusion into the team after a hiatus of 5 years since his debut. By then some think of giving it up but he thought otherwise, great!

In an interview to an Australian media house he said, “In some ways it does (feel like a second debut). To be honest, it’s not very fresh. It feels like so much has happened in those five or six years. But I think since that day this is easily the most prepared I have been for a Test match in terms of body, form and the length that I have been playing the last few months”.

About his frame of mind and body going into the crucial Test he said, “So, in some ways it feels like my first game. But being part of the Aussie squad with ODIs and T20s, it is a pretty familiar surrounding.”

Pat Cummins would be wary of the fact that he is filling in real big shoes of Mitchell Starc who has shown his greatness with the red cherry and had wielded the willow rather well for the Indians to get a headache.