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Wicket spun in the first innings but wasn’t unplayable, says Australia captain Pat Cummins
By SMCS - Feb 12, 2023 9:00 am
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Australia captain Pat Cummins said that while the wicket had a spin in the first innings, it wasn’t unplayable after their big defeat in Nagpur in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as well. India beat them by an inning and 132 runs on Saturday as the Aussies were bundled out for just 91 in the second innings with R Ashwin picking up a five-wicket haul.

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The Australian team is practising hard for the India tour

However, Pat Cummins said that the wicket wasn’t unplayable in the first innings. While speaking at the post-match presentation, as quoted by Cricinfo, the veteran Australian skipper said that India played quite well and praised his counterpart Rohit Sharma for his hundred as well.

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Pat Cummins said that while the ball did spin in the first innings, it wasn’t unplayable at all. The pacer also admitted that he would like to have seen his team score 100 more runs to put pressure on India as well.

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“The game moves pretty quickly at times. You have to manage your tempos. Thought India played really well, their spinners are always going to be hard work when the wicket is spinning and thought Rohit showed his class. That first innings, the wicket spun but wasn’t unplayable. Would have loved another 100 or so runs and put a bit more pressure on their first innings. Obviously, starting here is tough but three or four of our guys got in and started to look pretty comfortable in the first innings. Those guys who do get in have got to turn it into big scores,” said Pat Cummins.

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H also praised Todd Murphy, who picked up a seven-wicket haul in his debut Test match as well, and said that the young spinner was very impressive too. “He was fantastic on debut. He’s been very impressive. Bowled plenty overs,” said Pat Cummins.