Australia’s gun pacemen will have ample time to physically and mentally switch into red-ball mode for the Ashes, according to senior assistant coach Andrew McDonald.
Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have played every game of Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign, which they hope will continue beyond Saturday’s final pool match against West Indies in Abu Dhabi.
The star trio, devoid of first-class cricket since April, won’t begin preparations for the five-Test series against England until starting their quarantine stint on the Gold Coast.
The T20 World Cup final is on November 15 (AEDT), while the Ashes begin in Brisbane on December 8.
The majority of England’s Test bowlers are taking a different path to the Gabba; Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach and Dom Bess are among the Test specialists landing in Queensland later this week.
But McDonald believes Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc will have no issues shaking off any red-ball rust quickly.
“We’re lucky enough to have, I suppose in a both a planning and training sense, a 14-day break due to the quarantine when we will come home into into the Gold Coast hub,” McDonald said from the UAE.
“If we go deep in this tournament, I think we’ve got eight days from when we get out of quarantine to lead into the first Test match.
“So we’ve got ample time to get the quicks ready for the first Test.
“We’re pretty comfortable with where they’re at, at the moment, and what it looks like when we do land back in Australia.”
Australia’s top 22 red-ball players are set to square off in a three-day match that will double as a selection trial for the Ashes.
Hazlewood noted last month that he would be happy steaming in at the Gabba without a single warm-up match.
“It’s more the miles in the legs,” he said.
“One or two big days of training, where we might bowl 14 or 16 overs in a day with some fielding.
“If we get that under our belts then I’m fine.”
McDonald said it was important for every member of the World Cup squad to maintain focus on the task at hand, Thursday’s crunch clash with Bangladesh.
“That’s the immediate future,” he said.