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‘Disappointed’ Pat Cummins says Australia to review shot choice | Cricket News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Sunday admitted that their pre-determined ploy to use sweep shots to counter spin backfired for them at the Kotla pitch in Delhi.
An over-reliance on sweep shots hastened their collapse on the third day of the second Test as they suffered a six-wicket loss to hosts India, who now take a 2-0 unassailable lead in the four-match series.
The visitors resumed on 61 for 1 but lost their remaining nine wickets in just over 90 minutes to fold for 113 in a dismal morning session on a tricky, low-bouncing Kotla pitch. India spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who returned career-best figures of 7 for 42, dazzled with seven wickets to bring down the curtains on Australia.
“Disappointed, we were ahead of the game but we slipped. Everyone controls their own game, some balls just have your name. But I think there will be a review. Shot choice, did we go about it the right way?” Cummins said after his team’s second straight Test loss inside three days.

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Six of the 10 Australian batsmen including Steve Smith and David Warner‘s concussion substitute Matt Renshaw fell after attempting the sweep or reverse sweep as Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who took three, wreaked havoc.
“I thought they bowled really well, it’s not easy out there, but perhaps some guys went away from their methods,” Cummins told reporters.
“Each batter has their own way to go about it. I don’t think there’s any one size fits all rule. Unfortunately, quite a few of us got out with kind of cross-batted shots, which might not be our preferred method,” Cummins added.
Australia posted a competitive 263 in the first innings with India coming one-run short of the total on Saturday in what had been a closely fought match.

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The third Test starts on March 1 in Indore with Cummins hopeful of making a turnaround in the series.
“That’s quite an experienced change room, a few of the batters have scored runs in similar conditions before, they found a way. So absolutely, it’s still a series to draw,” Cummins said.
Australia lost Warner to concussion after he got hit on his head in the first innings but Cummins hasn’t ruled the opener out of the third Test.
“Davey is still a bit sore and sorry. So we’ll manage and see how he goes over the next few days,” Cummins signed off.
(With inputs from AFP)





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