Australian bowler Pat Cummins spared from final Twenty20 against Pakistant as first Test at the Gabba looms


“It’s a little bit of recovery and preparing for the Test match,” Langer said.

“We’ve got so much cricket on and he plays a lot of it so we’ve got the opportunity for him not to take the long flight to Perth.”

Bowler Pat Cummins will be rested for the final Twenty20 against Pakistan.Credit:Getty Images

Billy Stanlake would be expected to come into Australia’s team, while Sean Abbott could also be called upon as an extra quick depending on the surface.

Regardless, Cummins’ five-match stint in Twenty20 colours marked his biggest run in the format since the 2012 Twenty20 World Cup.

Starc will also likely finish the week with five Twenty20s to his name in the space of a fortnight, after missing a game last week for his brother’s wedding.

The difference has been notable for the Australians.

With their bowling attack at full strength, neither Pakistan or Sri Lanka have been able to score at more than 7.5 an over against Australia in any of the five games.

Both Cummins and Ashton Agar have gone at less than a run a ball for the start of the summer, while Starc has only gone at a tick above that rate.

Langer has vowed to try and keep the same approach for Twenty20 series in New Zealand, South Africa and England before home series against the West Indies and India next year.

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“In the past we have used these opportunities to rest some of those guys,” Langer said.

“But we need to get better at it, it’s something that is a priority for Australian cricket. So therefore you want to play your best players as often as you can.

“We’re playing a really good defensive game. In T20 I’ve thought for seven or eight years that how you’re bowling unit plays and how you field is really important.

“We’re working to build all our bowling stocks so they are able to do those jobs for us. We’re really lucky, we’ve got great depth of squad.”

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