Despite failing to finish against England, Pat Cummins has done well with his bowling changes and field placement, thinks former Australian batsman Mike Hussey.
Needing ten wickets on the final day, Australia almost managed to get a fourth win on the trot, but England’s rear wing managed to keep the hosts in a bind. Rain also played a role in the test, as a lot of people lost. Amid all the slaughter, Cummins’ captain was praised by Hersey.
“I think he’s fine. I would give him a very good score (out of 10). I think the way he changed the change today, he changed the bowler from a different end. I think his positioning is also excellent. Almost done the job.“
“The only question is, if he had another chance, would he announce it half an hour earlier? They have a lot of runs on that pitch. England is always trying to get so much. But tactically, he did very, very well,” Hussey mentioned on Cricbuzz.
“Scott Boland has a great understanding of his game” – Mike Hussey
Hussey went on to praise pacemaker Scott Boland, who has performed well in both Tests so far. Boland went 4/36 and 3/30 in England’s first and second innings, adding to his staggering six wickets at MCG.
“I think his advantage is that he plays a lot of top-notch cricket. He knows his game very well and what he needs to do to be successful. A lot of times, when young players enter the Test arena, they are still trying to figure out what their best game looks like and how it feels. Scott Boland has been around for a long time and he has had a lot of success.“
“He totally deserves the chance to play for him Australia. How did he do in his first two Test matches. Showing in Melbourne, he showed it wasn’t just a flash in the pan and he could back it up with another great show. He is the captain’s dream. He is very disciplined about his lines and lengths. I think he is the most accurate bowler Australia has ever had.‘ added Hersey.
It was SCG’s second thrilling draw in a row, with India scoring a similar run on the 2020-21 tour.