Australia is all set to begin its historic tour to Pakistan with the first Test match only a couple of sleep away. The touring party has been training hard and sweating it out on the ground in Rawalpindi. However, a recent incident in Australiaâ€™s nets welcomed a much-needed light moment for the players involved. The cheeky incident happened when Australiaâ€™s captain and fast bowler, Pat Cummins was steaming in to bowl at Steve Smith in the practice nets. However, one of the intended bouncers by Cummins did not land the way he wanted. The ball slipped out of the hand of Cummins and barely reached Smith, who stepped before smashing the ball cleanly over the bowlerâ€™s head and into the long-on fence for a six.
The clip of the incident was shared by Cummins himself on his Instagram with the senior batter re-sharing it leaving the viewers in splits.
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The fast bowler was recently appointed as Australiaâ€™s Test captain post a sexting scandal that saw former captain Tim Paine relinquishing his duties and taking an indefinite break from the game. Smith, who has also led the national side in the past, was named as the vice-captain. The series against Pakistan will be the 28-year-oldâ€™s first away series as Australiaâ€™s skipper. Under Cummins, Australia won their most recent assignment, the Ashes against England, with a thumping margin of 4-0.
Smith also captained the team in the second Test with the regular skipper having to miss out owing to being in close contact with a positive COVID case.
While Cummins ended the series being the highest wicket-taker across the two teams, Smith had a below-average outing with the bat. However, coming back from a concussion-related layoff, the experienced batter is looking solid in training and would be expected to find his form soon.
Australiaâ€™s tour to Pakistan consists of three Tests, three ODIs and one T20I. The first Test commences March 4th in Rawalpindi.