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Cummins optimistic about sustaining Australia's Test core through transition

Australia is well-positioned to qualify for next year's WTC final

Cummins optimistic about sustaining Australia's Test core through transition PHOTO: AFP

Pat Cummins remains optimistic about Australia's ability to handle upcoming changes in team personnel over the next few years. He hopes that the core of his Test squad will stay intact during his captaincy, especially with two consecutive home summers against India and England on the horizon.

The retirement of David Warner last summer signaled the beginning of a transition period, yet there are no immediate expectations of mass retirements in the Test squad. Australia had a glimpse into an unpredictable future when Nathan Lyon missed three Ashes Tests last year due to injury. Despite this, Lyon has expressed his aim to be fit for the 2027 England series.

"It's something we definitely think about. Think we are lucky in that everyone has gone a couple of years longer than we'd have first hoped. Hopefully it's the same with Nath. The job is to try and ensure he does get those four or five years. We try and do everything we can to get him right for those Test matches. At his age, it all comes down to his body really. That will be his biggest barrier so [it will be about] as much as we can help him and he can help himself, similar to what Jimmy Anderson did,' Cummins said.

"In more recent years, it's one of the benefits of white-ball cricket that we have so many guys who play all three formats [that] they are going to have rest at some points. In white-ball cricket, we've seen the emergence of younger guys. So come big tournaments or Test matches, they've already had some exposure, and hopefully it makes the transition a bit more seamless," he further added.

Australia is well-positioned to qualify for next year's WTC final, although they dropped crucial points against the West Indies in January. The upcoming five-match series against India next summer will be crucial, followed by tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies to complete the current cycle.

"I hope the second half of this WTC cycle is as successful as the first. We expect a natural turnover with our senior players. Hopefully, they can manage their bodies and stay on until we’re finished, which will make Andrew’s and my job easier, but we’ll see. I've been open about not captaining forever. Right now, I feel good about where we are, so there's no imminent change," he concluded.