The Ashes: Pat Cummins’ dream comes true after leading Australia to victory in first series as captain | Cricket News

“It’s crazy. There is nothing like what I could imagine my life as a kid would become”; Pat Cummins emulated his childhood heroes Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting after leading Australia to victory over England in The Ashes in his first series as captain

Last updated: 28/12/21 3:36

Pat Cummins (left) won The Ashes in his first series as captain of Australia

Pat Cummins says the way Australia played is “what dreams are made of” after winning the Ashes a few weeks after being named test captain.

After replacing Tim Paine as skipper in preparation for the series, the No. 1 in the world led his team to a dominant win over England with a landslide win in the innings in Melbourne, ensuring Australia keep the urn.

With two tests left to play in Sydney and Hobart, Australia will look for a third 5-0 white in Ashes’ last five home series.

“That’s pretty crazy. Just a great few weeks, so proud of the group here and that everything is on track,” Cummins said.

“I think our bowlers were great. I didn’t even feel like there was a session that he really escaped us. It’s what dreams are made of, the way we play.

“I think we have been relentless. The bowlers have owned that good area. Some great partnerships, they have earned the right to long bat. They have been really brave and have faced the game.

“I grew up watching Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, those guys who won the Ashes series.

“I felt like I was a million miles away playing cricket in the backyard and here I am a decade later in this location.

“It’s crazy. There’s nothing like what I could imagine my life as a kid would become.”

Scott Boland produced a stunning display to take 6-7 in England's second inning

Scott Boland produced a stunning display to take 6-7 in England’s second inning

Newcomer Scott Boland was the star of day three, scoring a remarkable 6-7 in four overs on his home turf as England were beaten for 68 at the MCG.

“I’m so happy for Scotty in front of the home crowd, an incredible feeling. We were really confident Scotty would do a great job. Maybe not 6-7!

“Any Ashes series is when you try to make a mark on your testing career. The last series was 4-0, one before 5-0, so an opportunity to start cementing our identity.”

Boland, who finished with a score of 7-55 and won the Johnny Mullagh medal as player of the match, admitted he was surprised at how quickly Australia were able to finish the victory on the third morning.

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“I thought we had a good chance of winning, but I had no idea we would do it before lunch,” he said. “These are my best figures ever … Nothing happened that fast.

“Obviously I thought (debuting) was going to be really difficult, a big step up from anything I’ve played before. I was hoping to make an impact.

“I would like to thank the audience so much for the support over the past three days, I really appreciate that.”


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