… and he can stick to a plan

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport Second Ashes Test -

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.

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