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Friday, 30 August 2019

Cummins' warning to Archer over 'terrible chat'


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Pat Cummins has dismissed Jofra Archer's allegations of panic, complacency and "terrible chat" in the third Ashes Test, insisting Australia have proven they can thrive under pressure.

Cummins earned a reputation as Australia's iceman on Test debut at age 18 in Johannesburg, where he snared seven wickets then hit the winning runs in a dramatic two-wicket triumph.

Almost eight years on, Cummins is the leader of the attack and top-ranked Test bowler in the world.

The 26-year-old conceded the winning runs in the epic Headingley Test, which finished with Ben Stokes smoking the ball through covers to complete a stunning final-wicket stand with Jack Leach worth 76 runs.

Cummins, like every teammate who trudged off after that defeat, had his share of what-if moments before shifting focus to the fourth Test beginning on Wednesday at Old Trafford. Both with bat and ball.

But when told of England star Archer's hot take, the vice-captain strongly disagreed on several fronts.

"If we had our time again, we might change a couple of little things," Cummins told AAP.

"But to say we made huge mistakes or played poorly takes away from how good Ben Stokes was. Someone plays an innings like that, you have to say well done.

"Stump mics are on the whole time, so I don't think you're going to get terrible sledging go through that's unnoticed.

"If you're worried about the odd word here or there, I'm not sure how you're going to go when you're properly in the fire."

Ben Stokes

Cummins felt Australia were "really calm" on a frenetic fourth day in Leeds, where Stokes went on a six-hitting rampage.

"At Lord's on day four, we were so desperate going after the win and emotions were high, but I think we learned from that and we're really good," Cummins said.

The vice-captain highlighted the efforts of Marnus Labuschagne, who has improved every time the stakes have gone up in his career, and declared "everybody in our team can handle pressure really well".

"The reality is you're not going to win every game," Cummins said.

"Most of the guys in the team have played a fair bit now. You can't do that without being able to thrive under pressure.

Archer took his maiden five-wicket Test haul on day one

"Marnus has come in and it actually doesn't get any harder for a batsman. First day under lights at Headingley or being a concussion sub at Lord's, trying to save a game.

"All three Tests we've been right in the thick of match-winning scenarios ... we're trying not to lose sight of that."

Cummins is sitting out the ongoing tour match in Derby but remains upbeat he could play all five Tests against England.

The paceman suggested spirits are high in the touring party, including Nathan Lyon after his run-out gaffe.

"It's pretty easy to dwell on all the what-if scenarios after a loss," Cummins said.

"Everyone always reacts differently. A couple of boys need an hour, some boys need a day. Nath's fine."

Pat Cummins has dismissed Jofra Archer's allegations of panic, complacency and "terrible chat" in the third Ashes Test, insisting Australia have proven they can thrive under pressure.

Cummins earned a reputation as Australia's iceman on Test debut at age 18 in Johannesburg, where he snared seven wickets then hit the winning runs in a dramatic two-wicket triumph.

Almost eight years on, Cummins is the leader of the attack and top-ranked Test bowler in the world.

The 26-year-old conceded the winning runs in the epic Headingley Test, which finished with Ben Stokes smoking the ball through covers to complete a stunning final-wicket stand with Jack Leach worth 76 runs.

Cummins, like every teammate who trudged off after that defeat, had his share of what-if moments before shifting focus to the fourth Test beginning on Wednesday at Old Trafford. Both with bat and ball.

But when told of England star Archer's hot take, the vice-captain strongly disagreed on several fronts.

"If we had our time again, we might change a couple of little things," Cummins told AAP.

"But to say we made huge mistakes or played poorly takes away from how good Ben Stokes was. Someone plays an innings like that, you have to say well done.

"Stump mics are on the whole time, so I don't think you're going to get terrible sledging go through that's unnoticed.

"If you're worried about the odd word here or there, I'm not sure how you're going to go when you're properly in the fire."

Ben Stokes

Cummins felt Australia were "really calm" on a frenetic fourth day in Leeds, where Stokes went on a six-hitting rampage.

"At Lord's on day four, we were so desperate going after the win and emotions were high, but I think we learned from that and we're really good," Cummins said.

The vice-captain highlighted the efforts of Marnus Labuschagne, who has improved every time the stakes have gone up in his career, and declared "everybody in our team can handle pressure really well".

"The reality is you're not going to win every game," Cummins said.

"Most of the guys in the team have played a fair bit now. You can't do that without being able to thrive under pressure.

Archer took his maiden five-wicket Test haul on day one

"Marnus has come in and it actually doesn't get any harder for a batsman. First day under lights at Headingley or being a concussion sub at Lord's, trying to save a game.

"All three Tests we've been right in the thick of match-winning scenarios ... we're trying not to lose sight of that."

Cummins is sitting out the ongoing tour match in Derby but remains upbeat he could play all five Tests against England.

The paceman suggested spirits are high in the touring party, including Nathan Lyon after his run-out gaffe.

"It's pretty easy to dwell on all the what-if scenarios after a loss," Cummins said.

"Everyone always reacts differently. A couple of boys need an hour, some boys need a day. Nath's fine."

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