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Pat Cummins wants sporting MCG pitch for Boxing Day Test against India

By: PTI | Adelaide |

December 20, 2020 12:42:18 pm





Pat Cummins reacts after dismissing Virat Kohli for 4 runs on the third day. (Reuters)

One of the architects of India’s humiliating loss within the pink-ball sequence opener, Australian pacer Pat Cummins acknowledged the assistance supplied by the full of life monitor right here and wants an identical “sporting” pitch for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Cummins (4/21) and Josh Hazlewood (5/8) produced a sensational efficiency as India collapsed to their lowest-ever Test rating of 36, paving the best way for an eight-wicket win and a 1-0 lead within the sequence for the house staff.

“I thought the Ashes Test (2017-18) and the Indian Test at the MCG a couple of years ago were pretty flat wickets,” Cummins was quoted as saying by ‘cricket.com.au’.

“As a bowler, final 12 months against New Zealand, it was a extremely good wicket, a little bit of sideways motion and a little bit of tempo and bounce, so, hopefully, a lot the identical (this 12 months).

“Not only as a player but as a fan, they are the best wickets… when it is good battle between bat and ball. You feel like if you do your skill well, you can have a big impact on the game.”

Cummins had taken the prized scalp of Virat Kohli and Chetestwar Pujara, who will probably be anticipated to take a number of accountability within the the rest of the sequence because the India skipper returns house for the beginning of his little one.

Talking about Pujara’s wicket, Cummins mentioned: “One of the most important helpers was the wicket, it felt like there was a little bit of sideways motion.

“We could just challenge his defence over and over again and having a bit of bounce in the wicket certainly helped,” Cummins mentioned.

The Australia vice-captain additionally praised off-spinner Nathan Lyon for bowling properly to Pujara within the first innings.

“I thought Lyno (Nathan Lyon) bowled beautifully to him in the first innings. But, for sure, we are really clear what we want to do to him. We saw we probably brought an extra man to the leg side as well to try and really attack his stumps,” he mentioned.

“I thought he batted really well in the first innings. We bowled well enough for the scoreboard to not go anywhere. If he hasn’t gone on to that big score, you are right in the game.”

Cummins termed the Adelaide consequence because the “most satisfying win as a group” and mentioned it began on the Manchester Test against England, which Australia gained by 185 runs, throughout the drawn Ashes tour final 12 months.

“I think we have a really special group here. I think the Ashes series a couple of years ago was the beginning and we have kept basically the same squad together,” Cummins mentioned.

“Even the fellows on the bench … they’ve principally been with us for all of the Test matches or across the group quite a bit. We had an awesome summer time final 12 months… to start out off this summer time, is a continuation of that.

“I think we are atop of the world championship tables so a really good chance of making that Test championship final. For me, this is right up there with Manchester as our most satisfying win as a group.”

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