By India Today Sports Desk: Australia captain Pat Cummins has confirmed that Scott Boland will be part of the playing eleven for the World Test Championship final against India at the Oval from 7-11 June.
Boland has pipped Michael Neser, who had joined the Australian squad as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood, for the spot. The right-arm pacer’s supreme record in the longest format of the game sees him play his maiden Test in England when Australia lines up to face India at the Oval for the World Test Championship mace.
In seven Test matches that Boland has played, he has picked up 28 wickets and his average of 13.42 is the lowest of any Test cricketer to have bowled at least 1000 deliveries since the start of the 20th century. However, the 34-year-old is yet to pick up a wicket outside of home.
Cummins, as quoted by Cricket.com.au, said that Boland is close to being compared to the big three pacers for Australia, which incudes himself, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
“We’re big on kind of everyone bowling slightly differently,” Cummins told reporters.
“Scott is a seam bowler on a good length, but he just offers something slightly different to Joshy Hazlewood, and Starcy being a left hander is bit different.”
“So I don’t think there’s ever a pecking order. You think about the three guys that you want to go out and play.”
Cummins also insisted that he doesn’t want Boland to change from his bowling style while playing in England.
“In the past here in England, because the ball does talk a little more, I’ve seen players get too caught up in trying to take wickets every ball because you’ve suddenly got the ball swinging and seaming,” said Cummins.
“Someone like Scotty, it’s just a really simple game-plan – you hit your good areas and you stay there all day and hopefully the ball will do the work for you.
“He’s had a few bowls over here now and has looked good. But he looks good whenever he bowls.”