19/05/2024

Pat Cummins poses with the famous little urn after leading Australia to a comprehensive 4-0 series win. Image: cricket.com.au

After his first series win as Test captain, Pat Cummins was delighted to lead his country to a strong Ashes victory but is already setting his eyes to the future

Australia destroyed England in the final session in Hobart to win the final fifth test and capped off what was a wonderful Ashes Test Series for Australia and abysmal series for the tourists England.

It was a rocky start for Australia early in the day after Mark Wood ran through Australia and had them all out for 155. It had England poised to claim their first test match series win of the tour and their 1st win on Australian soil in 11 years.

The English got off to a brilliant start but after some lacklustre batting it opened the door for Cummins and Co. to barge through and bowl the Englishmen all out for 124 on the final day.

Speaking to media at Stump’s, Australian captain Pat Cummins revealed just how proud he was to be a part of a historic Australian squad.

“It’s incredible, an Ashes series is one that you have in your diary for a couple of years they’re the big series you want a peak,” he said.

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“To be thrown the captaincy just beforehand I couldn’t have predicted how the last six or seven weeks have gone”

“There’s a lot of positives to take out of it and for this team to be part of ashes history has just been phenomenal,” he told.

Just before the break Cameron Green struck for the Australians and Cummins revealed what Australian coach Justin Langer said to inspire the ripping performance in the final session.

“We had a really good chat, Andrew McDonald the bowling coach, and Justin Langer as well I think you can get carried away under the lights here that it will seam around everywhere and swing around corners and you get carried away into bowling really full,” the 28-year-old said.

“We went out with a clear plan to hold a good line and length outside off and put an extra fielder or two back and as soon as we did that I felt like the extra 200 runs was a long long way off for the English batters”

The 28-year-old also shared some insight on what the future Australian tests squad could look like when facing Pakistan.

“Yeah, there is still a bit of water to go under the bridge, Joshy Hazlewood is one of the best bowlers in the world so it will be a bit hard to not have a spot for him in our starting eleven”

“We’ve got that between Jhye [Richardson], Scott [Boland], and Micheal Neser as well so we will so I am lucky as a captain with plenty of options”

“To be the best side in the world you need to win at home but almost more importantly you need to win overseas and that is the challenge for this side that we haven’t played overseas in a few years so Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and England next year is really foreign conditions to Australia.”

He also revealed what his domestic future could look like when speaking to media at stumps.

“I’ve signed up for the auction at this stage and I will probably have a bit more of a think about it before that auction date but at this stage planning to do the IPL”

“I think you’ve got to be aware with it with a lot of time on the road and some people manage it better than others so you’ve got to know what you’re signing up for”

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