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Ashes: Pat Cummins praises Australia ‘positive and courageous’ after winning first test as captain

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Pat Cummins praises his “positive and courageous” side after winning his first test as Australia captain after a nine-wicket win over England… and he hopes David Warner will play match day- night in Adelaide

  • Australia faced a potentially tricky chase before England collapsed on day four
  • Pat Cummins was among the wickets as visitors lost eight for 74 before lunch
  • The hosts then chased 20 inside six overs to take the Ashes 1-0 seed
  • Cummins believes “full” performance bodes well for the future











Pat Cummins believes there were signs of a “positive and courageous” Australian team following the start of his tenure as captain of the Red Balloon team with a nine-wicket victory in the first Ashes Test.

The Australians showed up on day four with the prospect of being chased by England in the fourth set, only for Joe Root’s men to collapse 223-for-two to 297 all before lunch.

That left Cummins’ men needing just 20 points to win the game in Brisbane, which they did in six overs – despite losing Alex Carey – to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Pat Cummins believes there were signs of a “positive and courageous” Australia after beating England

Cummins was among the wickets as England collapsed ahead of day four lunch in Brisbane

Cummins was among the wickets as England collapsed ahead of day four lunch in Brisbane

But the quick pitcher – who replaced Tim Paine as skipper before the series – paid tribute to his team, hailing the 156-point partnership between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne on day two and the opening rounds of Travis Head 152.

“I really enjoyed it, a lot of things went well, probably from the toss, with the sky overcast,” Cummins said. “The wicket had a bit of it, and we come on the second day and the sky is blue. So someone was smiling at me.

‘[I am] really proud of everyone, it was a full performance, the bowlers did their thing. Then the Marnus and Davey partnership and the way Travis played. [It was] a sign of a positive and courageous side.

“I was really happy with how everyone held up, we bowled with no luck yesterday. We have turned positive today, and we don’t think of too many things other than trying to get that breakthrough.

Marcus Harris (left) and Marnus Labuschagne (right) then watched the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the series

Marcus Harris (left) and Marnus Labuschagne (right) then watched the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the series

Cummins praised the 156 runes partnership between David Warner and Labuschagne on day two

Cummins praised the 156 runes partnership between David Warner and Labuschagne on day two

However, in the same innings, Warner received a blow to the ribs from a delivery from Ben Stokes and did not participate in the fourth inning pursuit alongside fellow opener Marcus Harris.

He wasn’t the only one injured either, with Josh Hazlewood only playing eight overs on day three, before dismissing Jos Buttler in his six overs on day four.

And while admitting that compatriot Hazlewood will have to be managed throughout the five-game series, Cummins admitted he hopes Warner will do the pink ball, day-night test at the Adelaide Oval starting Thursday.

He also praised Travis Head's 152 points as Australia recorded 425 in their opening heats.

He also praised Travis Head’s 152 points as Australia recorded 425 in their opening heats.

On Hazlewood, Cummins said: “He’s in a bit of pain. He came out today and was able to bowling, went through a really good spell. We just handled it, it’s a summer of five tests and he is the key for us, so I don’t want to blow it out of the water on day three.

‘[It’s] nothing too serious but we didn’t want it to turn into a big injury. The key is, we don’t want to endanger him for the whole series. We will take our time.

On Warner, the Australian skipper added: “When we had 20 to collect, we couldn’t find him! He’s fine, we didn’t want to risk him. I think he’ll be fine for Adelaide.

Cummins admitted Josh Hazlewood (center) will need to be managed throughout the series

Cummins admitted Josh Hazlewood (center) will need to be managed throughout the series