One of many architects of India’s humiliating loss within the pink-ball sequence opener, Australian pacer Pat Cummins acknowledged the assistance supplied by the vigorous observe right here and desires an identical “sporting” pitch for the Boxing Day Take a look at in Melbourne.
Cummins (four/21) and Josh Hazlewood (5/eight) produced a sensational efficiency as India collapsed to their lowest-ever Take a look at rating of 36, paving the way in which for an eight-wicket win and a 1-Zero lead within the sequence for the house group.
“I assumed the Ashes Take a look at (2017-18) and the Indian Take a look at on the MCG a few years in the past had been fairly flat wickets,” Cummins was quoted as saying by ‘cricket.com.au’.
“As a bowler, final yr towards New Zealand, it was a extremely good wicket, a little bit of sideways motion and a little bit of tempo and bounce, so, hopefully, a lot the identical (this yr).
“Not solely as a participant however as a fan, they’re one of the best wickets – when it’s good battle between bat and ball. You’re feeling like when you do your ability nicely, you possibly can have a huge impact on the sport.”
Cummins had taken the prized scalp of Virat Kohli and Chetestwar Pujara, who will likely be anticipated to take a variety of accountability within the the rest of the sequence because the India skipper returns residence for the beginning of his baby.
Speaking about Pujara’s wicket, Cummins stated: “One of many largest helpers was the wicket, it felt like there was a little bit of sideways motion.
“We may simply problem his defence over and over and having a little bit of bounce within the wicket actually helped,” Cummins stated.
The Australia vice-captain additionally praised off-spinner Nathan Lyon for bowling nicely to Pujara within the first innings.
“I assumed Lyno (Nathan Lyon) bowled superbly to him within the first innings. However, for certain, we’re actually clear what we need to do to him. We noticed we most likely introduced an additional man to the leg facet as nicely to try to actually assault his stumps,” he stated.
“I assumed he batted rather well within the first innings. We bowled nicely sufficient for the scoreboard to not go anyplace. If he hasn’t gone on to that massive rating, you might be proper within the recreation.”
Cummins termed the Adelaide outcome because the “most satisfying win as a gaggle” and stated it began on the Manchester Take a look at towards England, which Australia received by 185 runs, throughout the drawn Ashes tour final yr.
“I feel we now have a extremely particular group right here. I feel the Ashes sequence a few years in the past was the start and we now have stored principally the identical squad collectively,” Cummins stated.
“Even the blokes on the bench … they’ve principally been with us for all of the Take a look at matches or across the group rather a lot. We had an excellent summer season final yr – to begin off this summer season, is a continuation of that.
“I feel we’re atop of the world championship tables so a extremely good probability of constructing that Take a look at championship last. For me, that is proper up there with Manchester as our most satisfying win as a gaggle.”