‘He’s been doing a fantastic job’: Cummins gives the strongest indication that Langer will remain Australia coach

Pat Cummins celebrates one of his four wickets on Saturday. Photo: @CricBuzz/Twitter

Australia captain Pat Cummins says that coach Justin Langer has been “doing a fantastic job” as he was once again the star player, picking up 4/45 as Australia edged ahead on day two in Hobart.

After declining to comment and endorse the World Cup-winning coach in the immediate aftermath of Australia’s Ashes securing win at the MCG, Cummins gave a considerably stronger endorsement of the coach tonight and reports about his future and successors continue to swirl.

Cummins suggested the sooner his contract, which expires in June this year, gets sorted, the better.

“I think it would be nice to have clarity for everyone,” he said.

“He’s (Langer) been doing a fantastic job, we absolutely love JL.

“He’s been really great through the World Cup and the Ashes. Honestly, it’s (Langer’s contract) not been a talking point at all within the camp. The plan has always been to chat about it after the Ashes. The powers at be I’m sure will chat at some stage.

“He’s been fantastic for us and the boys love him, love having him around.”

Australia coach Justin Langer (Image: cricket.com.au)

Cummins was at his brilliant best on day two, on his way to picking up 4/45 in a sensational display of pace bowling.

A terrific two-grab catch from centurion Travis Head kickstarted Cummins’ wicket-haul before Dawid Malan edged one down the leg side to Alex Carey.

The 28-year-old would then send Joe Root packing with a terrific in-swinger, trapping the English skipper in front. It was the first time this summer that Cummins has picked up the wicket of his opposite number.

The final of his four wickets came when Mark Wood was clean-bowled, attempting to loft the Australian over cover.

Cummins has been one of the star men for Australia in the Ashes so far, collecting 18 wickets at an average of 18.72.

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The Australian skipper was thrilled with his bowling unit after restricting England to just 188 runs inside 48 overs.

”I think bowling them out for 180-odd was a really good result,” he told media after the day’s play.

“The pitch seamed around a little bit, but I thought we bowled really well.”

With Australia sitting 152 runs ahead of England at stumps on day two with a score of 3/37, Cummins was wary of just how many runs his side would need to set the tourists to chase.

“Although we’re three for thirty-odd, I think (it was) a pretty good effort to be only three down in really tough conditions,” said Cummins.

“There’s plenty of time left in the match, so as many (runs) as we can would be nice.

“I’d love to get close to 300, at least. You can have pink ball sessions where it’s like that and you’ll feel like you can get a wicket every ball. There’s also other times where the ball can get soft and you feel like you’re a million miles away from getting a wicket.

“Even timing the new ball. If we can have a hard ball under lights, it’s always a good thing.”

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