IND vs AUS: Matthew Hayden slams Pat Cummins for poor bowling on Day 1
Pat Cummins in action [Source: AP]
Former Australian cricketer-turned-commentator Matthew Hayden has criticised skipper Pat Cummins for his no-show on Day 1 of the ongoing Nagpur Test between India and Australia.
After opting to bat first, the Cummins-led side bundled out for 177 in their first innings, as the Indians knocked off 77 runs by the end of the day's play, reducing the visitors' lead to 100.
Without Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, Australia depended highly on Cummins to stand up. However, he managed just four overs, with spinners doing the bulk of the bowling.
Rohit Sharma, in particular, took charge and hit 13 runs against Cummins to get his rhythm off in the first over.
Speaking to Star Sports, Hayden said Cummins bowled rubbish and looked indisciplined across his spell.
Here's what Hayden said
"Pat Cummins, captain of the side and bowled rubbish today. He was too full and he didn't know where he was going with his line and length. If you look at the pitch map, it was way too much that was straying there as well. And it was just a matter of that momentum because Rohit Sharma was standing right at the other end. It does get away from you know."
India skipper Sharma (56*) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0*) will come to bat on Day 2 today with the home side trailing by 100 runs, looking to take the lead as early as possible.