Brisbane, Dec 8, 2008 : Former Australia pacer Damien Fleming stated that Joe Root’s win in the toss was the ideal Setup for Pat Cummins to make a dream start to Test captaincy.He said that Cummins’s loss of the toss was Australia’s biggest win.Cummins took 5/38 in his 13.1 runs as Australia defeated England by just 147 runs in 50.1 overs on Wednesday’s first Ashes Test at The Gabba.
“Things could not have gone better for Pat Cummins.
Even losing the toss was the biggest win of the day.Day one fulfilled every requirement of the Australian blueprint.A lot of captains on a pitch like this don’t want the toss to win so they don’t feel the pressure to make the call.Fleming wrote for The Roar that Joe Root won the toss, which was a Perfect Setup for Cummins.
He felt that Mitchell Starc, left-arm pacer and critic of his poor returns in the past was the right move to make the first over.Starc set the tone for England’s poor batting display by bowling Rory Burns around the legs with the first ball of the Ashes opening day.
“A wicket right away was amazing.In terms of setting the tone for the day and series, that Starc first ball was a great example.
It was significant that they played Starc, and that they gave him the first ball and an opportunity to make a statement right away.
“We heard reports from training camps that he was fast and strong, but we don’t know how much they believe that to support the selection.He confirmed it today.He was fast, full, and moving the ball even in his second spell.Let’s all hope that this is his standard for the season.If it is, he will be a major wicket-taker with the new ball.
Fleming pointed to the fact that Starc and Josh Hazlewood both bowled to England, despite their mistakes in the loss against India at the same venue last January.”Both Starc, and Josh Hazlewood bowled a lot more than they did last year against India at the Gabba.Last summer, we only had three LBWs.
“Not a lot their balls were hitting the stumps today, but instead of being seven to eight meters away from the bat (which is still a good distance), they were more in the five to six metre range, which gives them that full slash good length.”
The 51-year old said that Root’s dismissal by Hazlewood was an amazing idea.”The way Hazlewood dealt with Root was extraordinary.He beat him once by going full.For the other deliveries, he went shorter, and the one he got the nick from was the longest one he bowled.”
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