It’s a great start to captaincy life for Pat Cummins, who said he was proud of his team in Australia’s thumping nine-wicket victory
The Aussies finished the test match in the second session of Day 4 after a dominant first session by their bowlers, with Lyon picking up the most wickets with four, including his 400th test wicket. Marcus Harris and Alex Carey, despite Carey losing his wicket, easily chased down the 20 runs required for victory inside five overs.
It’s a perfect start for Cummins as test captain, who said he was proud of his team, particularly Lyon and Cameron Green today.
“The other bowlers all did a job and I’m really proud. Trav Head, his innings on Day 2, couldn’t ask for much more than that,” Cummins said.
He was also happy that Nathan Lyon finally managed to get 400 wickets after waiting nearly all year to reach the milestone.
“I said to him last night ‘mate forget about it, you’re never gonna get your 400th’ so it was nice that he got that done this morning.”
He was also proud of Cameron Green’s effort, believing he will be a great asset as both a top-six batter and as a bowler.
“Bowls 140, bounce, can swing the ball and just really wanted to get him into the game, get his first test wicket. He’s away now”.
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Green came into the game without any test match wickets. However, he picked up three in the match, including that of Joe Root and the final wicket of the second innings (Chris Woakes).
Cummins added the reason behind his wicket-less summer was his preparation having come into 2020-21 with a stress fracture injury.
“He’s had a really good preseason, bowled a bit more in shield cricket so he’s back to what he was bowling a couple of years ago.”
There were a few injury concerns for Josh Hazlewood and David Warner. However, Cummins confirmed they should be fit for the day-night Test at Adelaide Oval.
“(Josh’s) a little bit sore so we’re just managing him, it’s a five-test match summer, he’s key for us so don’t wanna lose him,” he said.
“(Warner) had a hit earlier, got through it, still pretty sore, but he should be right for Adelaide. We’ll monitor him, but I think he’ll be fine.”