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Cummins plows on as pitch offers little to Aussie bowlers

26th December 2018, 13:40 by Simon Barlow

Pat Cummins admitted Australia's bowlers found it tough going on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against India.

Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat on a drop-in pitch that offered very little in the way of assistance to the Australian quick bowlers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australian skipper Tim Paine was unsure what he would have done had he won the coin flip, but Cummins, who claimed both of his side's wickets, admitted the hosts had found it tough as India reached 215-2 by the close.

"Yeah tough going. There wasn't much on offer," he said. "Especially this morning. There wasn't really any sideways or bounce or pace. It got a little bit quicker towards the end of the day, but not a lot in it for us bowlers and they batted pretty well.

"I think the key on this kind of wicket is you're not going to blast them out so you've just got to be really disciplined. We bowled a couple of good spells, a couple of maidens, I think it's about trying to bowl five or six maidens in a row and hopefully they crack. But they're batting pretty well at the moment."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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