Pat Cummins reveals the secret behind Australia’s knack of winning ICC tournaments

May 25, 2024

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Australia‘s dominance in International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments is a testament to their rich cricketing heritage, strategic brilliance, and a culture of excellence. Over the years, Australia have established itself as a powerhouse in the cricketing world, consistently performing at the highest levels across different formats. Their success can be attributed to a combination of factors including a strong domestic cricket structure, a pool of talented players, astute leadership, and an unwavering competitive spirit.

Consistent success across eras

From their early triumphs in the 1987 Cricket World Cup to their modern-day conquests, the Australian cricket team has consistently showcased a winning mentality. Their remarkable achievements include multiple ICC Cricket World Cup titles, ICC Champions Trophy victories, and recent successes in the ICC T20 World Cup. Each tournament win has been characterized by meticulous preparation, adaptability to conditions, and the ability to perform under pressure.

Dominance in Women’s cricket

Australia’s cricketing success is not just confined to the men’s game; their women’s team is equally formidable, with numerous ICC Women’s World Cup and Women’s T20 World Cup titles to their name. The seamless blend of experienced veterans and promising young talents has kept Australia at the forefront of international cricket.

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Pat Cummins on the secret to success

So, what truly lies behind Australia’s dominance in ICC events? Their current skipper, Pat Cummins, has shed light on this. Remarkably, Australia secured two ICC titles under Cummins’ leadership in 2023, triumphing in both the ICC World Test Championship and the ODI World Cup.

In an exclusive interview with Sports Tak after leading Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Cummins emphasized the importance of balancing mentality and approach. He noted that luck plays a significant role in ICC tournaments and explained that Australia aim to treat finals like any other game while recognizing that their actions in these matches will be remembered for a long time.

“You cannot discount the factor of luck in winning an ICC title. We spend a lot of time balancing between de-pressurising a final, but at the same time kind of acknowledging that you are going to spend a long time in your life looking back and make sure you play the way you wanted to play. We have had a bit of success taking the confidence of a final into the next one,” Cummins told Sports Tak.

The challenge of winning abroad

When asked which final was more challenging to win, the ODI World Cup or the WTC, Cummins stated that the ODI World Cup presented numerous challenges for Australia, and securing the title in foreign conditions brought them immense satisfaction.

“The ODI World Cup, we have to beat every other team. We were playing in Indian conditions, which was quite foreign to us. We had injuries to deal with, form to deal with, so a lot of things had to come together, and it did come together in the final. And you know, that’s what makes it do satisfying you know. It’s not easy,” Cummins said.

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