Joe Root has come under scrutiny as England have lost three consecutive Test matches in Ashes 2021-22.

Former England great Michael Atherton feels Pat Cummins is as important as Virat Kohli for Test cricket. Atherton said that, like the Indian skipper, Pat Cummins “carries a torch” for red-ball cricket despite earning a lot of money from T20 leagues.

Cummins is the new Test captain of Australia after Tim stepped down from his post following his involvement in sexting scandal.

In his column for The Times, Atherton wrote about Cummins’ love for the longest format of the game.

“Cummins’s status as an elite performer is beyond argument. He lays good claim to being the best fast bowler in Test cricket today, and is ranked the No 1 Test bowler. He is strong and fast, and, having overcome the serious back injuries of his youth, has put together an impressive CV. Like Virat Kohli, he carries a torch for Test cricket, having frequently announced it as his favourite form of the game, despite the millions earned in the Indian Premier League.”

Earlier, former India head coach Ravi Shastri had revealed that Virat Kohli worships Test cricket.

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