PAK vs AUS: Pat Cummins hails interim coach Andrew McDonald after Test series win against Pakistan

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PAK vs AUS: Pat Cummins hails interim coach Andrew McDonald after Test series win against Pakistan
PAK vs AUS: Pat Cummins hails interim coach Andrew McDonald after Test series win against Pakistan

PAK vs AUS: Pat Cummins hails interim coach Andrew McDonald after Test series win against Pakistan

PAK vs AUS: After Australia’s 1-0 Test series victory over Pakistan on Friday, captain Pat Cummins lauded interim coach Andrew McDonald’s contribution to the team’s success.

On Day 5 of the third Test, Nathan Lyon’s five-wicket haul and skipper Pat Cummins’ three-wicket haul helped Australia knock Pakistan out for 235 and win by 155 runs.

“He’s fantastic, Very diligent, very thorough, strategic, very organised. He is a huge part of this tour win … and all the support staff. It’s not just the players that walk out, we have got a squad of 30-odd people working so hard. He (McDonald) has been an important part,” cricket.com.au quoted Pat Cummins as saying.

PAK vs AUS: Pat Cummins hails interim coach Andrew McDonald after Test series win against Pakistan
Pat Cummins hails interim coach Andrew McDonald after Test series win against Pakistan

Mitchell Johnson, a pacer, has previously described Cummins as “gutless” and accused him of having an agenda to get a coach he wants in. But the Test skipper refuted the claims.

“It’s not my place to appoint the coach, but he has been fantastic. We need a new style of coaching and skillset,” said Cummins.

The next captaincy assignment for Cummins is a two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in June and July, followed by a four-Test tour of India in September.

“The amount of confidence we will get out of winning over here, not just as a team. But so many individuals … being able to stand up to Asian conditions, it’s huge for the Sri Lanka tour later in the year,” said Cummins.

“It’s probably not as much (spinning) conditions here as what we’ll get in Sri Lanka. But I think the last Asian tours that I have been on. There’s a lot of talk in Australia that we have got to change our game to suit over here. This is a good lesson that the basics of batting and bowling that we play in Australia can hold up over here. If anything, it reaffirms that our game can hold up,” he added