… and he can stick to a plan
Cummins has got 69.4 per cent of his deliveries in the match on a good length, which is better than any other bowler on display. Woakes is second with 67.6, Anderson and Broad have been in the low sixties and Starc at 57.1 per cent.
Particularly against England’s left-handers, Cummins has been extremely disciplined.
All of this adds up to a formidable bowler, and this was shown to excellent effect in the dismissal of Malan on day four. Coming round the wicket, Cummins produced a ball at brisk pace on a decent length that moved just enough off the seam.
Incidentally, it was pitched on almost the exact same spot as the delivery with which he dismissed Malan in the first innings. As Geoffrey Boycott put it on BT Sport: “It is the pace. It didn’t do a lot. But that is what pace gives you, it’s through him.”
While one might hope he does not do it against England too often, most lovers of Test cricket will surely be wishing this exciting talent better luck with injuries than he has enjoyed thus far.