Mitchell Starc played a very crucial role in the first and the second Test of the series, he is world class. Former fast bowler Jason Gillespie hence got it wrong when he said that Pat Cummins could be similar to what Mitchell Starc-Josh Hazlewood were. Well, he is gone for a tizzy, it seems. The series is well poised at 1-1 going into the Ranchi Test. There has been a lot of heat in this series, thanks to the DRS controversy, involving Steven Smith and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli.

Jason Gillespie in an interview to an Australian media house said, “He’s that point of difference and it could be similar to the Josh Hazlewood-Mitchell Starc combination. They complement each other well and if Cummins does get the nod, he could be the x-factor much like Mitchell Starc is.”

He feels this young rookie has the wits and skills to match Mitchell Starc. Is this not strange, may be this is his way of injecting confidence into the young Australian.

He also went on to say, “I don’t see what Australia have got to lose by playing him”.Confident that he will make the cut in the playing XI , he said, “The selectors aren’t taking him over there for work experience. They’ve flown him over to play. I can’t see them taking him over just to carry the drinks.”


David Warner too backed Pat Cummins inclusion and said, “He has been working hard since the injury to make a comeback. He has the pace and I am really excited for him.”