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On their last day of training at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, the Kangaroos spent considerate time in the field to prepare for the first T20I in Visakhapatnam on February 24. From veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon to world’s number one bowler – Pat Cummins (Test format), the whole Aussie squad trained in full steam to up the ante before the big series. Also Read - Selection is Where India Have Gone Wrong in ICC Tournaments: Nasser Hussain
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During the training session, Australia’s explosive opener D’Arcy Short was seen in action taking on Lyon. Short was seen polishing his batting skills ahead of the T20I series as he will face the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya and Mayank Markande.
In the second video, Cummins, who recently became the first bowler from the country to top the charts in ICC Test Rankings for bowlers was seen bowling at a fiery pace. Cricket Australia’s Player of the Year – Cummins jumped two places to displace South African pacer Kagiso Rabada at the top of the world rankings.
Cummins, in fact, has become the first Australian since legendary fast bowler Glenn McGrath in 2006 to achieve the feat.
Earlier, explosive batsman Short is working on his left-arm spin bowling with former India tweaker Sridharan Sriram to enhance selection in the team for the limited over series starting with the first T20I in Vizag on Sunday.
“I did a lot of work with him (Sriram) in the A tour in August and September. That was good then and I’ve done a bit of work with him yesterday and today, just refining things and getting a little bit better,” he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“If I can give two or three overs or even four or five in one-day cricket then it’s always going to help my selection in the end and hopefully it goes in my favour,” added Short, who is in the 15-man squad as cover for Shaun Marsh.
The 28-year-old has claimed 10 wickets in 15 games for Hobart Hurricanes this season besides amassing 637 runs at 53.08 and a strike rate of 140.61.