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Cummins is tight-lipped about his selection as Australia faces a difficult semi-final decision.

Cummins is tight-lipped about his selection as Australia faces a difficult semi-final decision.

Australia captain Pat Cummins has indicated that he will not reveal the XI that will face South Africa in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup semi-finals until the toss on Thursday.

The five-time World Cup champions have won seven straight matches this year and must find a way to include Glenn Maxwell in their final XI against the Proteas after the star all-rounder missed their final group match against Bangladesh.

Fellow all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is likely to be left out as a result of Maxwell’s inclusion, as the Australians may prefer his overs with the ball over a specialist batter like Marnus Labuschagne.

While Cummins suggested he had made up his mind about the XI that will face South Africa, Australia’s captain said he was still debating whether to include an extra all-rounder or an extra batter in his final squad.

“Stoin (Marcus Stoinis) at No.7 gives you valuable overs, but then also is a really aggressive finisher to the innings so you’re weighing that up against you know maybe a middle order batter if you think the bowling might not come into it as much and maybe the runs are to be had through the middle overs rather than blasting out at the end,” Cummins said in an interview on Wednesday.

“We have to weigh these things.” I don’t believe there is a correct or incorrect answer. We have a class squad of people here who feel we can step in at any time, so we’ll work through it.”

South Africa thrashed Australia by 134 runs in the World Cup group stage in Lucknow, but Cummins believes that result is meaningless because his team is playing with much more confidence now than they were earlier in the tournament.

The Australians have since found their mojo, winning seven straight games prior to Thursday’s decisive semi-final, and Cummins believes his team is well placed to defeat the Proteas and win their sixth World Cup title.

“I think we’ve come a long way since the start of the tournament,” Cummins said in a statement.

“The first two games were against two tough teams.” And I believe we’ve gotten better and better in all aspects of bowling. So, yeah, we seem to be in a good spot.

“We’ve obviously played a lot of cricket over the last month and it just feels like everyone knows their role and it’s starting to click.”

Meanwhile, Cummins stated that his team had no issues with any of the playing surfaces encountered during the event’s group stages.

A report earlier on Wednesday raised some concerns about the pitch used in Mumbai for India’s semi-final against New Zealand, but Cummins said he hadn’t noticed anything wrong with the tournament’s playing surfaces.

“Yeah, I saw that (report),” said Cummins.

Cummins, for his part, stated that his team had no problems with any of the playing surfaces encountered during the event’s group stages.

Earlier on Wednesday, a report expressed concern about the pitch used in Mumbai for India’s semi-final against New Zealand, but Cummins said he hadn’t noticed anything wrong with the tournament’s playing surfaces.

“Yeah, I saw that (report),” Cummins said.

 

 

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