When Australia take on India in the fourth and final Test at Sydney beginning January 3, their record of not losing a series on home soil to India will be at stake and Pat Cummins is aware of the task on hand.One of Australia’s more potent bowlers in this series, Cummins believes the current scoreline of 2-1 in favour of the Indians is a “fair reflection”.

“We spoke at the start of the series about the record that we’ve got to try to hang onto,” Cummins said in Sydney on Tuesday.

“2-1 is a pretty fair reflection of how we’ve played the series so far, you can see why they’re the No. 1 Test side in the world. Not only at home but they also travel really well.”

India won the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne to make it 2-1 to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy and Virat Kohli will undoubtedly be looking to ensure his side wins the series, while Australia will hope to save face in Sydney.

“We saw it in England, they played well over here, they just seem to adapt really well. If we can get a win up here and make it 2-2 in the series, I think that’s a pretty good result against the best side in the world, and what is a pretty inexperienced [Australian] side compared to previous years. Everyone’s desperate, everyone knows what the record is and can’t wait to try to rectify what’s happened so far,” Cummins said.

The Australian batting has failed to come up with big scores so far and likewise, the fast bowlers have struggled with the old ball, something the Indian pacers have been better at on this tour.

“I think on day one and two when we bowled the [MCG] wicket wasn’t as abrasive and that makes a big difference. We tried bowling some cross-seamers and it just didn’t seem to scuff up as much as a couple days later,” said Cummins.

“Sometimes you get a ball that goes, sometimes it doesn’t! No doubt they bowled really well with it, present a really good seam. And probably more suited to those conditions. To be honest I don’t really remember getting too much reverse swing last summer in the Ashes. I didn’t feel like it played a massive part.

“I know last summer, traditional swing, there was pretty much none. And we thought reverse swing was probably the only way we’re going to get sideways movement, and it didn’t really happen at all last summer either. So we know we’re going to be out there for quite a while bowling, it’s a really good team. The wicket’s pretty dry. So reverse swing’s a pretty big factor, especially I’d say for the other two, Joshy [Hazlewood] presents a really good seam, we know what [Mitchell] Starcy does, but it just hasn’t been a massive player so far,” Cummins noted.

Meanwhile, the fast bowler also played down Shane Warne’s recent remarks on him being a future captain of Australia and called the idea “ridiculous”.

“I think it’s pretty ridiculous at the moment. We’ve obviously got ‘Painey’ [Tim Paine] at the moment who is doing a brilliant job and I think it’s his for a long time now.

“I feel like I’m too busy in the game bowling and when I’m batting putting all my effort into that. And when I’m not doing it I’m usually off with the fairies trying to recover. So, I don’t think I would make a very good captain at the moment,” Cummins said.

First Published: January 1, 2019, 3:17 PM IST