Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has criticised Pat Cummins for his techniques on day one of many ongoing Take a look at between India and Australia on the VCA Stadium in Nagpur.
On the finish of the primary day, Australia had been firmly on the backfoot as India outplayed the guests with each ball and bat. Pat Cummins received a superb toss and determined to bat first however his staff simply couldn’t capitalise on it.
The vacationers had been off to a disastrous begin as their openers – Usman Khawaja and David Warner – departed after scoring one run every. The likes of Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb and Alex Carey received the begins however couldn’t convert them.
In the long run, Australia had been all out for simply 177. For India, Ravindra Jadeja was the star of the present, taking 5 wickets. Australia couldn’t make a lot of a mark with the ball both because the hosts completed the day on 77 for 1.
India skipper Rohit Sharma led from the very entrance and scored an attacking unbeaten fifty to provide his staff a flying begin. The skipper was unbeaten on 56 off simply 69 balls when the day got here to an finish.
Michael Clarke on Pat Cummins’ captaincy:
Following the day’s play, Michael Clarke made it clear that he was not impressed with a number of the calls made by captain Pat Cummins on day one of many Nagpur Take a look at. The previous cricketer-turned-commentator said that he was “stunned” with the techniques.
Stating Cummins’ defensive discipline placements, Michael Clarke stated that the Australia captain should “look to take wickets” as a substitute of excited about defending the runs regardless of their low whole.
“I do know they’ve solely received 177 runs on the board, however you’ve nonetheless received to look to take wickets,” Michael Clarke stated on Large Sports activities Breakfast.
“I used to be stunned at Pat Cummins’ techniques yesterday. He had a long-on each ball Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy bowled.
“If the ball’s spinning such as you suppose it’s, for them to try to hit one over mid-on’s head brings in an inside edge to mid-wicket, brings in stumped, brings in bowled, brings in caught bat-pad.
“I do know we haven’t received many runs and that’s a troublesome one for Patty to work with, so he’s making an attempt to provide his bowlers some safety, however you need the batter to try to take a threat.
“You need them to try to take a threat and hit that one excessive. In the event that they hit one or two excessive, honest play, put him again. However he’s simply received to be actually good along with his techniques right here.
“If India get 280 to 300, mate, they may not should bat once more,” he added.