Pat Cummins says Australia will not celebrate retaining the Ashes after the rain at Old Trafford and made sure to keep the urn… as he admits to being frustrated with his own bowling performance and captaincy.
- Cummins says Australians won’t be celebrating
- Skipper admits it’s a “strange” feeling
- Aims for outright series victory at The Oval
Pat Cummins says there won’t be any big celebrations from the Aussies for retaining the Ashes after the fourth Test ended in a no-play draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.
England had dominated the first three days in Manchester and looked well positioned to level the series at 2-2 heading into the weekend.
The Aussies will take their 2-1 lead into the final test at The Oval, which begins on Thursday, with the trophy already decided but still in with a chance of winning their first series in England in more than two decades.
“It’s a bit strange,” Cummins said.
‘as a group [we’re] proud to have kept the Ashes, but it’s not the back of our best week. It seems that it is good to keep the Ashes, but we know that we have a lot of work to do for the next week.
Pat Cummins says there will be no big celebrations from Australians after the fourth Test at Old Trafford was scrapped
Cummins says his full focus now is on the upcoming test at The Oval which starts on Thursday.
“I don’t think there are big celebrations. Maybe a little pat on the back for holding back the [Ashes]. A lot of work has gone into putting us in a position where a draw sees us retain the Ashes. But there’s a test match starting in three days, so that’s going to be our total focus.
“It’s a pretty similar group to 2019 when we retained it and we all came away feeling good, but we felt like we had missed out on what we had come to achieve.
“In some respects, whatever happened today wouldn’t really change the way we look at next week. We want to win it to make sure we win it completely.
Australia won two exciting tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s to move into a dominant position, but England were given hope by emerging victorious in another close contest at Headingley.
The momentum seemed to be with the hosts, and they did nothing wrong at Old Trafford.
Australia didn’t do the best, even Cummins’ bowling was significantly inferior.
England dominated the first three days in Manchester and looked well positioned to level the series at 2-2.
The skipper admitted some frustrations with his bowling performance and captaincy
“As a bowler, it’s frustrating that I didn’t bowl very well, I wasn’t up to the standards that I try to meet,” Cummins said.
‘I let more limits pass than I normally do. Probably just a bad ball or two on top. I don’t know [why] In fact. [My] the pacing felt pretty good, I felt like I was pretty clear in my own mind about the plans.
“In terms of captaincy, I think there have been some of those moments where the [England] The hitters have played well, the game is moving very fast.
“We knew going into this series they were probably going to have a couple of days where they were doing well and the game was moving really fast, so it was one of those days. It’s tough, frustrating, but that’s cricket. We have been to the other side many times.