Aussies will confront familiar failing after stunning loss urged by Cummins

SOUTHAMPTON: Pat Cummins Australia’s vice-captain quoted India’s great Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a role model after a failure to finish off a chase cost his side dear during a dramatic loss to arch-rivals England in their Twenty20 series opener on Friday night.

Australia, in their first serious counterpart for about a half year in view of the novel (Covid-19) pandemic, were 124-1 pursuing an objective of 163 at the Ageas Bowl.

However, requiring 39 off 35 balls with nine wickets remaining Australia — the world’s highest level T20 side — still figured out how to lose a last-ball spine chiller by two runs.

Australia’s group is loaded with players who are top-request batsmen in the residential Big Bash League Twenty20 rivalry. Yet, with skipper Aaron Finch, David Warner and star batsman Steve Smith apparently unflinching at the top of the request, quick bowler Cummins said Australia expected to locate a center request finisher in front of the following year’s T20 World Cup in India.

This was only Australia’s second annihilation in 12 Twenty20 Internationals however was comparable in way to their misfortune pursuing against South Africa in February, when the Proteas guarded an objective of 159 at Port Elizabeth.

“We should be winning just about every game when we are in that position,” Cummins told a conference call on Saturday. “I thought for 80 or 90 percent of the game we played really well and we were on top.

“It was probably just the last third of the batting innings, we let it slip with a few wickets. It is a shame and something we have to try and get better at, it has happened a few times when we are in that position.”

Warner (58) and Finch (46) put on 98 for the principal wicket But the two openers tumbled to quick bowler Jofra Archer, with Smith’s excusal by Adil Rashid, in an over that additionally observed the leg-spinner eliminate Glenn Maxwell, starting a droop that saw Australia lose four wickets for nine runs in 14 balls.

An objective off 19 of 12 balls demonstrated a lot for any semblance of Marcus Stoinis in his first global match since a year ago’s 50-over World Cup semi-last annihilation by possible heroes England.

Cummins said, “They’re all the best players when they go back to playing domestic competitions.”

“You could argue that middle-order role is one of the hardest in any cricket team.”

“Someone like Dhoni, he was one of the best in the world because he played 3-400 ODI games. You saw during this week’s practice games we gave a lot of guys a go. We know it’s not going to happen overnight.”

Cummins, however, praised England pacemen Chris Jordan and Tom Curran for the way they held their nerve in the last two overs said, “That’s been a common theme that the selectors and Finchy have spoken about.”

He said, “TC and CJ are two of the best death bowlers in the world,” he also added, “They nailed their skills under pressure and certainly didn’t make it easy for us.”

Cummins additionally attempted to place the outcome in setting by saying rout, while ‘frustrating’, was not as difficult as losing an Ashes Test.

Britain began unequivocally as opener Jos Buttler pounded 44 off 29 balls. Dawid Malan then proceeded with his amazingly reliable structure with a sublime 66, made all the additionally testing as no one had the option to stay nearby long to construct an association in what looked a worse than average aggregate.



D.A. Warner b Archer 58

A.J. Finch c Jordan b Archer 46

S.P.D. Smith c Bairstow b Rashid 18

G.J. Maxwell c Morgan b Rashid 1

M.P. Stoinis not out 23

A.T. Carey b Wood 1

A.C. Agar run out 4

P.J. Cummins not out 0

EXTRAS (LB-2, W-7) 9

TOTAL (for six wkts, 20 overs) 160

FALL OF WKTS: 1-98, 2-124, 3-127, 4-129, 5-133, 6-148.

DID NOT BAT: M.A. Starc, K.W. Richardson, A. Zampa.

BOWLING: Archer 4-0-33-2 (2w); Wood 4-0-31-1 (2w); Jordan 3-0-23-0 (1w); Curran 4-0-33-0 (1w); Adil Rashid 4-0-29-2; Moeen Ali 1-0-9-0.


J.C. Buttler c Cummins b Agar 44

J.M. Bairstow c Starc b Cummins 8

D.J. Malan c Smith b Richardson 66

T. Banton c Finch b Agar 8

E.J.G. Morgan c Smith b Maxwell 5

Moeen Ali c Zampa b Maxwell 2

T.K. Curran c Agar b Richardson 6

C.J. Jordan not out 14

Adil Rashid not out 1

EXTRAS (B-2, W-6) 8

TOTAL (for seven wkts, 20 overs) 162

FALL OF WKTS: 1-43, 2-64, 3-74, 4-91, 5-108, 6-124, 7-147.

DID NOT BAT: J.C. Archer, M.A. Wood.

BOWLING: Starc 3-0-30-0 (1w); Agar 4-0-32-2; Cummins 3-0-24-1; Richardson 3-0-13-2; Zampa 4-0-47-1 (1w); Maxwell 3-0-14-2.

RESULT: England won by two runs to lead three-match series 1-0.

UMPIRES: A.G. Wharf (England) and M.J. Saggers (England).

TV UMPIRE: D.J. Millns (England).

MATCH REFEREE: B.C. Broad (England).

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Dawid Malan.

SECOND MATCH: Southampton, Sunday (6:15pm PST).

THIRD MATCH: Southampton, Tuesday (10:00pm PST).

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