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Tim David is an X-factor, says Cummins


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Tim David, who was born in Singapore, is an X-factor in Australia's Twenty20 World Cup side, according to star pacer Pat Cummins, who expressed excitement for the all-rounder's debut in Australian colors during the three-match series in India.

T20 specialist David, who was raised in Western Australia, shot to prominence in the Pakistan Super League last season and has since become a hot finisher in worldwide leagues.

David, 26, has played 14 T20 internationals for Singapore and is about to make his Australia debut in the three-match series, which begins on Tuesday in Mohali, with all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis out due to injuries.

"It's great to see Tim David get his chance. He's been right up there with the best in the world" fast bowler Cummins, who leads Australia in the test format, told reporters on a video conference on Sunday.

"Batting in the middle order of T20 cricket is a really tough spot. You see most of the runscorers opening, or batting top of the order. It's really hard to be consistent coming in when there's spin bowlers or at the end of the innings. I think he's been fantastic,”

"If he gets his chance, hopefully he can continue doing what he's been doing in the domestic leagues around the world. I think he's an X-factor. He just goes about it slightly differently so look forward to it" he added.

After the series against India, Australia will return home to play West Indies and England to continue their preparations for their T20 World Cup title defence in their own backyard with the tournament kicking off in less than a month.