Jason Behrendorff was tidy in India, yet his World Cup hopes could ultimately rest in the hands of fellow left-armer Starc.
Starc hopes to be fully fit in time for Australia’s World Cup training camp in early May but another setback could ruin the reigning World Cup player of the tournament’s hopes of defending his and Australia’s crown.
Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson are the fast bowlers currently preparing to face Pakistan in the UAE.
Cummins, who is expected to be rested at some point in the next fortnight as the tourists confront an imposing schedule of five ODIs in 10 consecutive days, recently praised Australia’s “wealth of fast bowling stocks”.
“It’s really exciting,” Cummins said.
“Someone like Jhye … still hasn’t played a heap of ODI cricket.
“‘Dorff’ and ‘Coults’, I know they’ve had a few troubles with their injuries but every time they come in they seem to be bowling really well, now is no different.
“Kane Richardson had a great BBL as well, and we’ve also got two other big quicks to come back.”
Coach Justin Langer highlighted Cummins and Jhye Richardson’s partnership after his team’s landmark ODI series win over India.
“They’re both great athletes. They bowl fast, they’re brilliant in the field and they can bat as well,” Langer said.
Australia start another five-match series in Sharjah on Friday.
The games against Pakistan will serve as Langer’s final chance to assess his charges’ form before the 15-man squad is named.
Kane Richardson, who suffered a side injury in India but has rejoined the ODI squad in Dubai, is happy to be in the mix after what he feared was a more serious setback.
“It could have been a lot worse … I thought I was done for the season,” Richardson said.