The captaincy debut of newly-appointed Australian captain Pat Cummins could not have been any better.
Pat Cummins lost the toss in the first match of Ashes 2021-22 and got to bowl first. Although he might have decided to bat first upon winning the toss, bowling first is something he would have actually liked to do.
Everything goes Cummins’ way
That is exactly what he got to do without looking not very brave at the toss his bowlers made great use of the helpful conditions on offer on the green Gabba pitch.
Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins himself ran through the England batting line up, with the visitors folding up for just 147.
When Australia came out to bat on the morning of day two, there was bright sunshine.
Right from Mitchell Starc bowling Rory Burns around the legs on the very first ball of this series, everything went pitch perfect for Pat Cummins.
“Really enjoyed it, a lot of things did go right, probably from the toss, overcast conditions, the wicket had a bit in it and to turn up on day 2 – under blue skies, someone’s smiling over me. Really proud of everyone. A really complete performance, the bowlers did everything on day 1 and Marnus-Davey with a big partnership and the way Travis played, it is a sign of a really positive group. I was happy everyone stuck to it – we bowled without much luck yesterday, fair with all the luck on day 1. That’s why we want him in the side, he can take the game away in a couple of hours, we have seen him do it for South Australia.”
“Head averages 45 now, he is still young but is an old pro with the amount of first-class cricket he has played and hopefully he is away now. Hazlewood was a little bit sore yesterday, with a five-match Test series, did not want to try and break him yesterday and he pulled up OK today. When I had 20 to go, we couldn’t find David Warmer, we looked everywhere in the stadium. He is fine, we did not want to risk him and he will be alright for Adelaide.”
Pat Cummins also ended up picking up his first-ever 5 wicket haul against England in test cricket in the second innings, which was the icing on the cake, really.