Aussie quickly looks for the opposite answer



Reverse swing was a point of contact for the quicks of Australia, but the trio with big names do not know why they do not get a full purchase of the old ball this summer.

Australia's battle was exposed in the loss of Melbourne, where they could not make a real move with the old ball for most of the opening two days of the third Domain Test, when India took control of the game.

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India, on the other hand, did not have such problems, squabbling by the hosts on both days three and four and only encountering real opposition when they let the new ball into the second inning before taking a 2-1 lead in the series.

Pat Cummins said that the bowlers of Australia were looking for a similar answer from the old ball.

"We've talked a bit about it," Cummins said for Thursday's fourth and final Domain Test in Sydney.

"It's just one of those things, maybe on day one and two when we played the wicket was not so abrasive and that makes a big difference.

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"We tried to collect a number of cross-seamers and it did not seem to move as much as a few days later.

"Sometimes you get a ball that goes and sometimes you get a ball that does not, no doubt they (India) have really done well and presented a good seam and suitable for those circumstances."

The inability of Australia to swing the ball has undoubtedly hurt their flings – especially Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.

Starc is considered one of the most dangerous bowlers in the world when he lets the ball swing, while Hazlewood's nagging areas thrive on movement.

Cummins is not that dependent, its impressive average of 20 with the ball has this summer experience with it.

There is of course more attention to Australia's ball management this summer, after the barn scandal in Cape Town that Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had been suspended.

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Although Australia was powerful with the new ball-dominance that led India to dump both KL Rahul and Murali Vijay as openers after two Tests – they did not have the same impact this summer as in the Ashes series last season as the ball passed 40 overs is old.

"Frankly, I do not remember that I got too much reverse swing in the Ashes last summer, I do not think it played a big part, "Cummins said.

"I know that last summer traditional swing there was virtually nothing.

"We know that we will be bowling here for a while (this summer), it is a very good team and the wickets have been really dry.

"Reverse swing is a big factor, especially for the other two, Josh presents a very good seam and we know what Starcy does."

Domain Test Series v India

6-10 Dec: India won with 31 points

December 14-18: Australia won with 146 points

December 26-30: India won with 137 points

3 – 7 January: Fourth test, SCG

Australia team: Tim Paine (c, wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Mitch Marsh (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc

India team: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav , Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar


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