Pat Cummins has hailed the bowling of Scott Boland in the Melbourne Test as his 6/7 helped Australia win by an innings and 14 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Ashes series against England.
Scott Boland produced a mastery of seam bowling on day 3 of the MCG Test against England. In four overs of absolute brilliance, Boland thrilled his home fans with a haul of 6/7 and helped Australia bowl England out for a miserable 68. The innings and 14-run win at the MCG helped Australia take an unassailable 3-0 lead and ensure the Urn stayed Down Under for another couple of years. Speaking in the post-match presentation, Australia skipper Pat Cummins hailed the performance of Boland but he was not prepared for a spell of 6/7.
“Thrilled for Scott Boland playing in front of his home crowd here. We knew whoever steps in will do a great job and were really confident that Scotty would do a great job; maybe not 6 for 7,” Cummins happily said in the post-match presentation.
When Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins missed the Adelaide Test due to a side strain and COVID-19 scare, there was concern about how Australia would take 20 English wickets. But, in Adelaide, Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser stepped up to the plate. Richardson ended with his maiden five-wicket haul and Australia won by 275 runs. In Melbourne, Scott Boland filled the gap left by Josh Hazlewood’s continued absence and he stepped up to the plate.
Cummins has stated that the bowling attack in this Ashes series has been relentless. “The bowlers have just turned up and owned their areas outside off-stump. There have been big partnerships, everyone’s performed, everyone’s contributed – it’s a great feeling. Neser was disappointed after bowling so well last week to not get a chance in this game. But we have a big pool to pick from,” Cummins said.
Australia has now won 12 out of the last 13 Tests that they have played against England Down Under. In 2013/14, Australia whitewashed England 5-0 and in the next series in 2017/18, they won 4-0. With Australia already up 3-0 against an England side with low confidence, Cummins has stated that Australia will go in for the kill.
“Any Ashes series is where you make a mark in Test cricket. The last series was 4-0, the one before that was 5-0, and it is a chance for us to cement our identity in the next few years,” Cummins said.
The fourth Ashes Test will take place on January 5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. But, both teams will be monitoring the coronavirus situation that has worsened in Sydney over the last couple of days.