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Cummins happy to be first-change

31st December 2018, 18:45 by Neil Foster

Pat Cummins feels Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood should continue as Australia's opening bowlers despite criticism of the duo.

Cummins operates as the Baggy Greens' first-change bowler after the leading duo have done their stuff, but there have been calls for the 25-year-old to be given the new cherry.

The New South wales ace has enjoyed an excellent series to date, taking 9-99 at the MCG before climbing to third spot in the latest ICC bowling rankings.

Both Starc and Hazlewood have taken some flak for their inability to dismiss top-six batsmen but Cummins feels the pair have earned the right to continue sharing the new ball.

"I am happy operating first change," he told reporters on Monday. "Starcy and Joshy probably present a better seam and swing the ball a bit more than me so wherever they need me I am happy. I think they are doing a good job there."

The Baggy Greens fell 2-1 down in the series with India after defeat at the MCG and must beat Virat Kohli's men in Sydney to secure a share of the series.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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