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Cummins: Fast bowlers need variety in ‘tired’ pitches


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Australia's Pat Cummins claimed fast bowlers will need a diverse skill set to overcome the "tired" surfaces in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ahead of their Twenty20 World Cup opener against South Africa on Saturday.

The pacers will be nervous heading into the World Cup, trying to master the dry, slow grounds in the UAE, which has split warm-up matches with Oman but will host the remainder of the competition starting on Saturday.

The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which ended on Friday in the UAE, means fast bowlers will have to toil on worn-out wickets in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

"A couple of wickets have been tired and a couple times you get some really good wickets," Cummins told a virtual news conference on Thursday sharing his warm-up match experience.

"In Twenty20, you got to have a few different varieties. Bowling with a new ball up front is going to look quite different to how you bowl in the end.

"So you've got to be able to adapt and have two or three different spells within the 20 overs..."