Cummins couldn't have asked for a better start to his stint as Australian Test Leader, taking the pacemaker 5 wickets in the early rounds of Ash's first Test against England at Gabba. Cummins advanced 5/38 as England packed for 147 within two sessions of the series-opening.
It was a baptism of fire for Pat Cummins, who took over as Australia Test captain from Tim Payne ahead of the much-anticipated Ashes series at home. However, Cummins showed no signs of having nerves while working to be Australia's bomber.
Cummins threw 13.1 overs and took 5 wickets, including Ben Stokes and Haseeb Hamid. In fact, Cummins' first scalp as Australia's Test captain was Stokes, who hit one by one, jumping a bit higher and hitting the south ball.
With 5 wickets taken, Pat Cummins became the second Australian captain after George Geffen in 1984 to take 5 wickets in the first Test as captain. Cummins also became the first captain since Bob Willis to take 5 wickets in the Ashes Test in 1982.
Meanwhile, Cummins joins the list of elite captains who took 5 wickets on their first day at the summit. Notably, it was also Cummins' first 5-round in a Test against England.
5-19 Charles Aubrey Smith - England v South Africa in Port Elizabeth, 1889
5-35 George Allen's England v India at Lord's Stadium 1936
7-52 Imran Khan - Pakistan vs England at Birmingham 1982
5-38 Pat Cummins - Australia vs England in Brisbane 2021
Pat Cummins became the first Australian captain to take 5 wickets in the Ashes in 1962 and the first captain since Michael Clarke to take 5 wickets in a single round in 2012.
Cummins gets a standing ovation from the Gabba crowd
Cummins knocked his team off the field by holding a Kookaburra ball overhead, enjoying a standing ovation from the Gabba crowd.
His speed pitcher Josh Hazlewood ran from the depths to take a great low shot to boost his tally with the last wicket of Chris Woks (21) all the way to desperate action.
Hazlewood did the same for Cameron Green, handing the first test wicket to the multi-tiered bowler, who was started at a brisk pace by Ole Pop (35).
England got off to a disastrous start after Joe Root won the toss and chose to strike on grass, and Rory Burns became the first player in 85 years to be fired with the first Ashes Series ball around his feet. Mitchell Stark was released.
Hazlewood's delivery of a drastic duck was by rising wicketkeeper Alex Carey as England fell to 59 for four at lunch.
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