Pat Cummins not worried about Optus Stadium fans who might boo the Australian squad
Australia captain Pat Cummins says he’s not worried about being booed by the Western Australian parish crowd at Optus Stadium.
The exact number of fans showing up could be another issue, with reports of slow ticket sales for the game.
But with Perth’s favorite son Justin Langer ousted as national coach last summer, there are suggestions the Aussie players may not receive such a favorable reception in the first Test.
Speaking to Nine Radio’s 6PR’s Oliver Peterson, Cummins said he has no control over what fans do.
“It’s up to them, I’m a grown man, I don’t think I would ever sit in a crowd and boo someone,” he explained.
“If people want to do this, what are you going to do? We’re going to do our best.
“We are passionate, we are motivated, we will give ourselves a good chance.”
Pressed on whether the team was “on the nose” with the public, particularly in Perth, Cummins denied there was a problem.
“I think it’s a bit different from our lived experience,” he said.
“We have been very well received over the past 12 months.
“I know some people might disagree with the headlines or whatever, but that has nothing to do with what we’re doing there.”
The Australian captain has made headlines in recent months after he claimed he pressured Cricket Australia to end a $40million sponsorship deal with Alinta Energy, reports he has denied.
Langer’s continued beef over the end of his coaching tenure exploded into the public domain last week, when he addressed Australian cricket ‘cowards’ who fled against him.
“I think problems off the pitch never really help. I think sometimes they’re probably seen as a bit lenient,” Cummins explained.
“I think the players have been fantastic.
“I don’t think we’ve done anything publicly other than talk about the game.”