Pat Cummins Lauds Test Team’s Winning Spirit, Draws Parallels with World Cup Victory

Pat Cummins Reveals Secret Behind Test Team's Winning Spirit!

Pat Cummins Lauds Test Team’s Winning Spirit, Draws Parallels with World Cup Victory

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Australian Test team’s triumph in the ICC World Test Championship series against New Zealand, which catapulted them to the second position in the standings, has been highly praised by Pat Cummins.

Despite the top-order’s underperformance, Australia clinched the win, thanks to the resilience of the lower middle-order and lower-order. The team made a remarkable recovery in the Christchurch Test, moving from a shaky 34/4 to successfully chase down 279.

“We’ve had instances where we didn’t play our best cricket, yet we found a way to win,” Cummins stated in the post-match press conference.

“Some players might wish they had scored more runs in the last few games, but essentially everyone in the line-up has contributed to a match win this summer,” he added.

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The Australian captain drew parallels between the team’s comeback mentality during the home summer and their performance in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, where they bounced back from two initial losses to lift the trophy.

“In previous summers, we’ve dominated teams, but this summer was different. Yet, someone always stepped up at key moments,” he said.

“This is reminiscent of the ODI World Cup, where we kept finding ways to win, even when not all parts of the unit were functioning optimally,” he added.

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Throughout the summer, the Australian team faced numerous challenges, but someone always stepped up. This Monday, it was Alex Carey’s turn to shine.

Before the Christchurch Test, Carey had an average of 23.76 in Test matches since the start of 2023. However, he stepped up when the team was in trouble at 80/5.

The left-handed batsman saw the run-chase through, remaining unbeaten on 98 alongside the skipper, who scored 32, as Australia extended their winning streak against their Trans-Tasmanian rivals.

“I relish such challenges. I feel this group has consistently managed to get out of tough situations,” Carey said, echoing Cummins’ sentiments about the team’s mentality.

“Each player has had a game where they’ve managed to do that. So, in the last seven games, we’ve won six, even though we were under pressure at times. We’ve remained resilient throughout,” he added.

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According to Carey, one factor that helped them chase down the target was keeping the scoring rate high to pressure the opposition.

The 140-run partnership between Mitchell Marsh and Carey played a crucial role in Australia’s comeback in the second Test match. The duo maintained a scoring rate of 4.82, pushing the Kiwis onto the backfoot.

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“We’ve been on the receiving end of that a few times, and as a captain, I know it’s frustrating when the other team keeps the scoreboard ticking,” Cummins said.

“We discussed this today, about keeping the scoreboard running,” he added.

The skipper also hinted that the team is unlikely to undergo any major changes ahead of the next Test series against India later this year.

“One of our biggest strengths is the experience we have. At least half the team have played 50 Test matches,” he said.

“We always consider our best eleven players and who we think will win the Test match, but we’re not in a hurry to make hasty changes,” he concluded.