Pat Cummins says Australia will not celebrate retaining the Ashes after rain at Old Trafford ensured they retained the Mall… as he admitted disappointment with his own bowling and captaincy performances.
Aussies won’t celebrate skipper, says Cummins
Pat Cummins says there will be no big celebrations from the Aussies for retaining the Ashes after the fourth Test draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.
England dominated the opening three days in Manchester and were well placed to level the series 2-2 at the weekend.
The Aussies will take their 2-1 lead into the final Test starting Thursday at The Oval, with the trophy already decided but still a chance for their first series win in England in more than two decades.
‘It’s a bit strange,’ said Cummins.
‘In a group way [we’re] Proud we’ve retained the Ashes but it’s not the back of our best week. It feels good to retain the Ashes, but we know we have a lot of work to do next week.
Pat Cummins says there will be no big celebrations from the Aussies after the fourth Test defeat at Old Trafford.
Cummins said his full focus is now on the next Test, which starts on Thursday at The Oval
‘I don’t think there will be huge celebrations. Maybe a little pat on the back for holding on [Ashes]. A lot of work has been done to put us in a position where a draw can keep us in the Ashes. But there is a Test match starting in three days which is going to be our full focus.
‘It’s a pretty similar group to 2019 when we held it and we all came away feeling OK but we felt like we missed out on what we came to achieve.
‘In some respects what happened today will not really change as we look into next week. We want to win it so we can win it outright.’
Australia moved into a dominant position after winning two thrilling Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s, but England kept their hopes alive by coming out on top in another hard fought match at Headingley.
The momentum was with the hosts, and they made few mistakes at Old Trafford.
Australia were nowhere near their best – even Cummins’ bowling was significantly sub-par.
England dominated the opening three days in Manchester and were in a good position to draw the series 2-2.
The skipper admitted some disappointment with his bowling and captaincy performance
Cummins said, ‘It’s disappointing as a bowler that I haven’t bowled very well, to the standard that I try and hold myself to.’
‘I cross more boundaries than I usually do. Maybe just one or two bad balls in an over. i don’t know [why] really [My] The rhythm felt pretty good, I felt like I was pretty clear in my own mind about the plan.
‘In terms of captaincy I think there have been a few moments where [England] The batsmen played well, the game went very fast.
‘We knew coming into this series they would probably have a few days where it went their way and the game went really fast, so this was one of those days. It’s tough, frustrating, but that’s cricket. We’ve been on the other side of it many times.’
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