Hazlewood impressed with Cummins’ performance

“It’s great to have him back”

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Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood has admitted that he was highly impressed with fellow seamer Pat Cummins’ performance against India in the third Test in Ranchi.

Cummins made his Test comeback after almost six years and proceeded to take four wickets in the match, which ended as a draw.

Having not played Test cricket since making his debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in November 2011, Cummins dismissed Lokesh Rahul, India captain Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin in Ranchi.

“Everyone was taken aback by the way he bowled and to get that lift and pace off the wicket like that,” Hazlewood said. “He’s a pretty special player and to bring that extra pace is what you need sometimes on those wickets to get those breakthroughs.

“It’s great to have him back. I’ve spent a lot of time with Patty and to finally get to play a Test with him was great. He obviously had a great hit-out in that last Test and bowled fast for the whole duration, so it’s amazing what he’s going to do back in Australia and on bouncy wickets.”

With the fourth Test being held in Dharamsala, which is widely considered to be one of India’s most pace-friendly venues, Hazlewood is hoping that the conditions are a little more favourable to Australia.

However, he acknowledged that the chances of that happening are slim, especially as the series is tied at 1-1.

“I’d love to see it fast and bouncy,” he said. “We’d love it to be that way, would feel a bit more like home but I don’t think we’ll get that.

“The way they saw Patty Cummins bowl the other day, they don’t really want it any faster than Ranchi I wouldn’t think.”

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