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Pat Cummins has his eyes set on subcontinent dominance ahead of the big series in India next year

Australia won the first Test by a comfortable 10-wicket margin and would now like to seal the series by winning the second game at Galle, which would be their second straight red-ball series triumph in the subcontinent this year, having defeated Pakistan 1-0 in March.

However, Australian Test captain Pat Cummins is focused on winning the red-ball series on Indian soil. Cummins is optimistic that Australia will be able to put on a fantastic performance when they visit India next year in February-March for a four-match series that will be a vital event in the ongoing ICC WTC 2021-23 cycle.

Pat Cummins was suddenly named Australia’s Test captain after veteran wicketkeeper-batter Tim Paine was supposedly found guilty of involvement in the infamous sexting controversy’ ahead of the 2021/22 Ashes. After the incident, Paine opted to take an indefinite sabbatical from the game and withdraw from the five-match series.

Cummins embraced the challenge, and under his leadership, Australia not only retained the ‘urn,’ but also dealt England yet another devastating setback in Australia with a 4-0 win.

Australia has not won a Test series in India since the 2004/05 season, when they won the four-match series 2-1, with one game being rained out owing to inclement weather. The triumph was led by stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist, who took over for regular skipper Ricky Ponting, who was forced out of the first three Tests due to injury.