Pat Cummins couldn’t have hoped for a perfect start to his Test captaincy than the 1st test win over Australia. Nothing went for England in this match apart from winning the toss. Their decision to bat first came under strong criticism as the conditions turned out to be seamer-friendly and England got bowled out for 147 runs in the 1st innings.
Speaking to Adam Gilchrist during the post-match presentation, Cummins agreed that many things went his way in his debut captaincy. In his own words, “First of all really enjoyed it. Yeah, a lot of things did go right, probably from the toss, overcast conditions, turned up on day two on the blue sky, so someone was smiling over me. But really enjoyed and proud of everyone “
England at one point in the second innings looked to be making a comeback with a 162 partnership between Joe root and David Malan. But the fightback wasn’t able to continue on the 4th day as Australia picked up 8 wickets for nearly 70 runs in the 1st session. England was able to set a target of only 20 runs.
On the selection of Travis Head over Usman Khawaja
There was stiff competition between Khawaja and Travis Head for the no. 5th position. With Australia at 195 for 5 in 1st innings, England’s bowlers looked like restricting Australia to an easier lead but Head’s innings of 152 runs took the game away from them. Pat Cummins said “That’s why we wanted him in our side. He can take the game away from them within a couple of hours. Seeing him do for South Australia so, everything we said to Travis was to go out and play your own way and I think he showed. He averages I think 45 now, he is still young but he is old pro with the amount of first class cricket he has played. Bright future ahead”
On the injuries of Josh Hazelwood and David Warner
Cummins said that Hazelwood was sore the last night which is why they did not bowl him on the third day. David Warner’s Ribs were bruised earlier on, which is why the batsman did not take the field during England’s second innings. Alex Carry came out to bat in place of Warner in Australia’s 2nd innings. But the captain said that both players are likely to play in the second test match starting from 16th December in Adelaide.
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