The #1 bowler in the longest format of the game and the costliest buy in this edition of IPL Patrick James Cummins is one of the pillars of Australian cricket in the last year or so. The contribution of the fast bowler to his team second to none. He was the root cause for the Australia's historic Ashes triumph along with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
He has proved himself in the longest format of the game and is slowly getting up there to the top in limited overs format as well. The Indian premier league will be a great platform for him to show that he is not a slouch in the T20s as well.
The #1 bowler has picked his top 3 moments of the Australia's dominant summer and all those moments are worth revisiting it.
Australia posted a big total in their 1st innings of the 1st test match against the Kiwis in Perth which was also a day-night game. The 3 match series was a significant one for both the teams as it was included in WTC cycle. Both the teams would have wanted to start off with a win but Mitchell Starc's spell completely blown the Kiwis from the match.
After having posted 416 runs in the 1st dig with century from Marnus Labuschagne, Australia faced a huge blow straight up after Josh Hazlewood went down with an injury in his 2nd over and didn’t take part in the series thereafter.
The Aussies were one bowler down but Mitchell Starc never made the absence of Josh Hazlewood a big deal as he finished with match figures of 9 for 97 thereby helping the Aussies to win the match by a whopping 296 runs.
Australia were 1-0 up in the series and had their tails up going into the boxing day test against the Kiwis and a win would there would help them to clinch the series and that is what exactly happened.
It was an exact replica of the 1st test as the Aussies posted a big 1st innings total and restricted the Kiwis to nothing. The only difference being that Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowler here as he completed a 5 wicket haul in the 1st dig and in the end Australia won the game by 247 runs thereby clinching the series as well.
Historic victory against the Indians
The Australians brushed aside each of their opponents and toured to India with the intention of winning the ODI series to round off their summer in a grand way. They started the series with a 10 wicket victory against the full strength Indians.
Australia restricted India to a par total of 255 runs and chased the target with 10 wickets remaining. The Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner didn’t give India any chance and thrashed the Indian bowlers all over the park as both of them completed their centuries.
But Australia lost the 3 match ODI series as India came back hard to win the remaining 2 games.
These were the top 3 moments that Pat Cummins picked from the Australian summer.