Ex Australian Skipper Allan Border Says Pat Cummins Forgot About Bowling Himself In Second Test


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Sydney. Veteran cricketer Allan Border believes Pat Cummins has a lot to worry about as the series against India was his ‘first real test as captain’. In the process, in the second Test in Delhi, he bowled a lot less than himself. Australia have missed the chance to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after losing the first two Tests in Nagpur and Delhi.

Cummins, who had only lost one match as captain before coming to India, was the only fast bowler in the Australian playing XI during the six-wicket defeat in Delhi. He bowled only 13 overs in the first innings and did not bowl at all in India’s second innings. Border told ‘SEN Radio’, “I think Pat bowled very little of himself in that Test match.”

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He said, “There were occasions when we started going astray, especially in India’s first innings when we gave them a chance to build a good partnership. If he had bowled two or three overs aggressively then…” Australia reduced India to 139 for seven but Akshar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin put on a 114-run partnership as the hosts took their score past the visitors. Reached one run less than.

He said, “I think there are other people on the field who can go up to the captain and say, ‘Dude, why don’t you bowl?’ Border said, “But I think this is Pat’s first real test as a captain, everything else has been easy, you go to the subcontinent and suddenly you are tested in every department.”

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He said, “He is worried about many different things, I think he forgot to bowl to himself. This can happen when your leading fast bowler is your captain. Former wicketkeeper Ian Healy felt that Cummins lost his ‘mental strength’ in the second innings, which led to his inability to field properly in the second innings.

Healy said, “Then the mental stress due to which he could not put the right fielding.” He said, “Instead of putting more fielders around the bat, he put fielders on the boundary. It takes a lot of brain power to think about it (bowling changes).”

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