Cummins breaks 42-year-old Ashes record
Many people after watching the Ashes series in England have come to a firm conclusion that Steve Smith is cut above the rest of the players in terms of consistency and work contribution.
However, there is another teammate who gave absolutely everything on the field and helped the team retain the Ashes urn. It is none other than the No.1 Test bowler Pat Cummins.
Yes, he broke a couple of records in the Ashes series which were created a few years back by other legendary pacers.
The 26-year-old pace Pat Cummins was superb throughout the series and he bowled in all 10 England innings during the series. He did not manage to claim a single 5-wicket haul. But has managed to break a 42-year-old record in the Ashes.
Cummins has picked up 29 wickets at an average of 19.63 in the entire series without a five-wicket haul. Previously, his countryman Wayne Clark took 28 wickets in the 1977/78 Ashes series in Australia.
Cummins picked up as many as 7 wickets in the first Test, 6 wickets in the second, 4 in the third, 7 in the fourth and 5 in the final Test during Australia’s productive campaign in England to retain the urn. His overall tally of 29 wickets is the second on the list of most wickets by an Australian fast bowler in England in this century.
He remains World No. 1 Test bowler and thanks to his incredible level of fitness. Before the start of the Ashes series, Australian coach Justin Langer added that it may not be humanly possible for any of his bowlers to play all the five matches but Cummins managed to do it with such ease.
The pacer bowled 211 overs during those Tests which is the most by an Australian pacer since 2000. He even surpassed Glenn McGrath’s tally of 209.1 overs which he bowled 13 years ago.
(With inputs from India Today)