AUS vs IND: Cummins hoping for life in second Test wicket

The fast bowler says the Adelaide wicket had played a part in the humbling of India in the first Test.

Pat Cummins registered figures of 4 for 21 in the second innings of the Adelaide Test. - AP

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has said the Adelaide wicket had played a part in the humbling of India in the first Test.

Cummins, who took four wickets in India’s second innings, is hoping for another good track when the teams meet again in the second Test in Melbourne on December 26. Sideways movement from the Adelaide track had aided the Australian cause, Cummins observed.

“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,”Cummins said.

“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. 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.”

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Australia will head off to Melbourne with confidence high after its remarkable victory but captain Tim Paine warned that its batting needed to improve after it gave up a 53-run first innings deficit in Adelaide.

“It’s a good thing to have a good win and not play anywhere near our best,” said Paine, whose unbeaten 73 helped limit the first-innings damage.

“I’m absolutely rapt with how we bowled in this Test, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do with our batting - our first innings was well below what we’d expect.”

David Warner returning from a groin injury would certainly help and the opener flew to Melbourne with his family on Saturday as a precaution after an outbreak of COVID-19 in his home city, local media reported.

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