Cummins: 'Australia struggling to find reverse swing against India'

Pat Cummins admitted to the fact that the Australian quicks have struggled to get the ball to reverse in the series so far against India.

Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc in a chat with captain Tim Paine during the Melbourne Test.   -  Getty Images

The ball-tampering episode is far behind as Australia goes to Sydney with an aim to level the Test series against India. Interestingly, in this series so far, the Australian quicks have failed to generate reverse swing.

But Pat Cummins, who starred in the Boxing Day Test in Melborne by returning with match-figures of 9 for 99 and scoring a gritty fifty in Australia's second innings, says he along with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are confident of getting the ball swing in Sydney.

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“Maybe on day one or two when we bowled the wicket wasn’t as abrasive and that makes a big difference. We tried bowling some cross-seamers and it just didn’t seem to scuff up as much as a couple of days later and sometimes you get a ball that goes, sometimes it doesn’t," Cummins was quoted as saying during the Australian and Indian team function at Kirribilli House on Tuesday.

“I don’t remember getting too much reverse seam last summer in the Ashes. I don’t feel like it played a massive part,” he added.

However, this comment of Cummins is in contrast to what Stuart Broad had claimed after the ball-tampering episode. According to Broad, in Australia's 4-0 Ashes win, its pacers were able to extract reverse swing consistently in conditions not conducive for such bowling.

But Cummins admitted to the fact that reverse swing is not happening for them in this series.

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“Last summer traditional swing ... there was pretty much none,” Cummins said.

“Reverse swing is always a big factor especially I would say for the other two. Joshy (Hazlewood) presents a really good seam and we know what Starcy does. It hasn’t been massive so far (in the series).”

India has retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy but Australia would look to level the series. However, Cummins says, 2-2 will be a "pretty good result against the best side in the world".