Australia skipper Pat Cummins’ distinctive 2023 sees one more feather into the cap as he has been crowned as ICC Men’s Player of the Month for December. The right-arm pacer, recent from his exploits on the 2023 ODI World Cup, performed a large function in Australia’s 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan to kickstart the Aussie dwelling season.
Cummins led Australia in all three Tests, bagging three consecutive five-wicket hauls and ending as the Player of the Series with a complete of 19 wickets to his identify.
He performed an enormous function, notably within the tense Boxing Day Test triumph in Melbourne. Cummins induced a collapse within the closing session of Day 4, together with the important thing wicket of Mohammad Rizwan, to complete with the second 10-wicket haul of his profession.
Cummins’ efforts within the Test sequence helped him push back Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam and New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips en path to the award.
This marks the second consecutive month the place an Australian participant has bagged the award, following Travis Head’s triumph in November 2023, on the again of his exploits within the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Pat Cummins can be seen in motion in the course of the dwelling sequence towards West Indies
Despite a dominant dwelling sequence triumph towards Pakistan, the reigning Test champions can be fielding their strongest enjoying XI, together with the tempo trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood.
“Realistically the phrase relaxation and rotated will get thrown round lots however you by no means miss a Test in case you are totally match. While over the past couple of years, we would have been rested from the odd sport, the majority of labor we have been capable of do is due to these small gaps. If we’re totally match we can’t be resting,” the skipper had mentioned forward of the house season.
The pacer, nevertheless, has been rested for the following ODI sequence, with Steve Smith set to take cost of the workforce. Cummins can be eager to handle his workload forward of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season as properly as the 2024 T20 World Cup within the Caribbean and the USA.
Australia’s first Test towards the West Indies is scheduled to start on Wednesday, January 17, on the Adelaide Oval.