Australia’s new Test captain Pat Cummins was grinning from ear to ear as he received the coveted Ashes trophy after beating arch-nemesis England 4-0 in the recently concluded Ashes 2021-22 series at home. It was sort of an achievement for the Australian team which has been dealing with lots of criticism and controversies off late.
Pat Cummins and his men defeated Joe Root and co by 146 runs in the 5th and final Test match in Hobart, Tasmania to pocket the Ashes 4-0 and celebrated with joy. The victory also came in the home of former captain Tim Paine, who resigned three weeks before the Ashes after his sexting scandal became public.
“It’s incredible. An Ashes series is one that you have in your diary for a couple of years. They’re the big series you want to peak at. Being thrown the captaincy just beforehand as well, I couldn’t have predicted how the last six or seven weeks have gone. Everything has gone to plan. There are so many positives to take out of it. For this team to be part of Ashes history it’s been phenomenal,” Cummins was quoted by ESPNCricinfo saying in a video.
To Be The Best Side, You Need To Be Successful Overseas: Pat Cummins
Cummins was himself the highest wicket-taker in the series with 21 scalps in 4 Tests and the newly minted Australia Test skipper feels that for a team to be successful, they have to win consistently overseas, something he will aim to do when Australia tours Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and England over the next 18 months.
“We can be the type of team that are brave enough to take that positivity overseas if we need to. I think that puts us in a great place. I’m really excited about the upcoming Pakistan tour. We’ve played really well here in Australia. It’s now up to us to take that overseas. To be the best side in the world you have to win at home but, more importantly, you need to be successful overseas.
That’s the challenge for this side. We haven’t played overseas a lot in the last couple of years. This is just hopefully the beginning. I feel we’re all in a really good place. There are no imminent retirees, hopefully,” Cummins added.
Australia will next travel to New Zealand for a short three-match T20I series in March.