On Day 5 of the first Test at Edgbaston, Australia faced immense pressure when they lost two quick wickets, Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey. With only two wickets remaining and 55 runs to chase, the task seemed difficult. However, skipper Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon remained composed and secured a remarkable victory in the final overs, leaving the home team astonished. Pat Cummins described the Edgbaston Test as the best match he has ever been a part of in red-ball cricket.
Cummins expressed confidence in their ability to win, as they believed the game hadn’t slipped away despite Khawaja’s brilliant century in the first innings. He was optimistic about the fourth innings run chase, considering Australia only needed two runs per over in the last 20 overs.
“This is No.1, yeah, absolutely. Start of an Ashes series, definitely number one. Probably when we got down to 10 runs or so required or maybe 16 runs or something, I thought like 2 runs an over and felt pretty confident about winning. It felt like from almost the first session of Day 1, it was 50-50 the whole way along. Like it never felt like it swung too far, one way or the other,”
Cummins said after the game.
Away Test matches are really hard to win: Cummins
“(On Australian supporters) They’ve been outnumbered. We Aussies aren’t great at chants and songs, but they stuck through it. We have been big on how we want to play. I think we have been consistent over the last 20 Test matches or so, and this time it was good enough to get a win. Away Test matches are really hard to win, so to come here and win, going about the way that we want to play, has been great,”
Cummins further added.
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