After having orchestrated the murder of Indian batting in broad daylight in the second innings of the pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval, Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has called for a similar track for the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground [MCG].
It was Pat Cummins who kickstarted the assault on the Indian batting-unit in the second innings. The No.1 ranked fast bowler in Test cricket dismissed the nightwatchman Jasprit Bumrah before he claimed the two pillars of the visitors batting line-up in Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli. While Pujara was lulled into a poke outside off-stump on a ball that the Indian No.3 simply had to play, Virat Kohli played a poor stroke as he went for an extravagant drive, only to be caught at gully.
Cummins claimed 4/21 before his partner-in-crime Josh Hazlewood joined the party to notch up a five-wicket-haul within a space of 25 deliveries during which he bowled one jaffa after another.
‘They are the best wickets, when it is a good battle between bat and ball’- Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins is now hoping for a similar sort of track at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a venue that has been notorious for dishing out wickets that offer absolutely nothing to the bowlers- seamers or spinners.
Alluding to the pitch during the Boxing Day Tests against England in 2017 and against India in the summer of 2018, Cummins terms the tracks as ‘boring wickets’ for a bowler, besides adding that last summer’s wicket against New Zealand was a really good wicket; one that offered both pace and sideways movement.
“I thought the Ashes test (in 2017) and the Indian test at the MCG a couple of years ago were pretty flat and boring wickets as a bowler. Last year against New Zealand it was a really good wicket. It has a bit of sideways and pace and bounce. Hopefully, it will be much the same,” Pat Cummins said.
Cummins added that the wickets like the one we saw in Adelaide, where there was a healthy competition between the bat and ball, are the best advertisement for Test cricket since they proceed to test the skills of both the batsmen and bowlers.
“I think not only as a player but as a fan, they are the best wickets, when it is a good battle between bat and ball. You feel like if you do your skill well, you can have a big impact,” Pat Cummins said.