Australian Test Skipper Pat Cummins aims for victory in Test series in India

Australia are close to a series win in Sri Lanka and captain Pat Cummins believes exposure to sub-continental conditions bodes well for their next big goal of winning a Test series in India next year.

Australia are close to a series win in Sri Lanka and captain Pat Cummins believes exposure to sub-continental conditions bodes well for their next big goal of winning a Test series in India next year.

Cummins announced shortly after the team’s Ashes win over England that Australia needed to be successful in Asia if they were to become the best Test team in the truest sense of the word.

His side responded with a triumph in Pakistan before ending up in Sri Lanka, where they won the opening Test by 10 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the two-game series.

After mastering the lifeless slopes of Pakistan, Australia proved it had what it takes to thrive on the sharp turns of Sri Lanka.

Cummins expects that experience to come in handy when Australia play India in February/March.

“We haven’t had Marnus (Labuschagne), Travis Head, Cam Green and Alex Carey (all of whom) play friendly games in conditions that have changed so much,” he said of his batters.

“We have a big series in India next year so this can really help develop and accelerate our racquets…if you want to be the best testing team in the world, you have to win abroad.”

It’s not just the batsmen who will learn valuable lessons before taking on India.

“(Mitchell) Swepson has never played wickets like that either, so you definitely learn so much from those tours,” Cummins said of the leg-spinner, who made his Test debut in Pakistan and won five wickets at Galle.

“Fortunately, we will learn and win at the same time. That’s part of the environment we’re trying to create,” added Cummins.

Australia need a draw in the second Test, also in Galle from Friday, to book back-to-back Test series victories abroad

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