Boxing Day Test Australia vs England, Day 2 live updates, broadcast, how to watch, start time, Pat Cummins, cricket
Pat Cummins knocked out all of England’s top three on Sunday to put Australia in a dominant position at the end of Day 1 of Test 3.
The terrifying reality for the Poms is that Cummins is still capable of being even better than his first destructive spell.
According to Sport Code, the data of CricViz revealed that Cummins had its most accurate spell ever on Sunday morning, with 61% of its deliveries in the “perfect channel” outside the stump.
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Perfect in this case, being throwing between six and eight yards from the stumps and Cummins will only get better with the new ball he throws.
This is hardly what England want to hear as they appear to be bouncing back from Sunday’s poor open, where the Poms crashed at 185 all points.
After heavy defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, the visitors need to win in Melbourne to keep the five-test series alive, with Australia only needing a draw to keep the ballot box as the starters.
But those hopes took a near-fatal blow as Australia ripped apart England’s fragile stick, with only captain Joe Root (50) and Jonny Bairstow (35) showing resistance.
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Australia then added to England’s pain by negotiating 16 overs to be 61-for-one at the stumps, only 124 behind with Marcus Harris not 20 despite a nasty blow to the finger, and night watchman Nathan Lyon n has not yet scored.
England had spoken constantly throughout the week of their tendency to fold far too easily with the bat in hand, giving up easy wickets and shooting themselves in the foot.
The bad habit was repeated on Sunday, with the worst blow of the lot coming from Jos Buttler, who gave Ashes debutant Scott Boland a single take just before tea break.
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“A rampant attack as far as I’m concerned,” Allan Border told Fox Cricket after play was over for the day.
“He is really one of the seniors. Yes, we know he’s an aggressive player. Myself, I even spoke that he was a little more aggressive, but not two minutes before the tea break … he is not.
Kerry O’Keeffe agrees, adding that Buttler’s impulsive shot “is worth a reprimand.”
Meanwhile, Mark Ramprakash said Buttler’s brain swoon was indicative of England’s lack of clarity in their game plan across the board.
“Jos Buttler, for me, was never clear [on his gameplan],” he said BT Sport.
“Jonny Bairstow is hitting six, so he’s hitting in front of Buttler. When you have to think he’s a better batsman than Buttler, why doesn’t he have the gloves on?
“For me, again, it’s a confusing thought. Bairstow has six hundred tests, both from Buttler, so there’s this muddled selection policy and the lack of strategy about England right now.
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Speaking after Sunday’s game, Bairstow said England just needed to be better in their shooting selection.
“We have to get a little stronger and tougher with our layoffs,” Bairstow said.
“We know that and we’ve talked about it, it’s just being honest with ourselves. I can tell you that now everyone is trying.
“It’s one of those days that we’ll come back to, probably reassess next time and possibly take different options. We’re still looking for that big score.
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As to how England can somehow save the rest of the test, O’Keeffe came up with a number the Poms have to hold onto the Australians on Monday.
“England need to eliminate Australia – defending 185 – for around 250, 275,” he said.
“Anything beyond 275, I don’t think they can cut the game. But if they take regular wickets, put the middle order under pressure and slam the tail to cut the deficit, they’re still in this game.
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