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They've made an effort to nullify our pace attack, says Cummins on Rawalpindi wicket

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Rawalpindi, March 8 (IANS) Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins said that Rawalpindi’s flat wicket was specifically designed by Pakistan to nullify the visitors’ pace attack.

He added that a draw was a good result despite his team only managing to take four wickets throughout the Test.

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Openers Abdullah Shafique (136 not out) and Imam-ul-Haq (111 not out) dominated visitors bowlers and smashed unbeaten centuries on Day 5 as the first Test of the three-match series between Pakistan and Australia ended in a draw, here on Tuesday.

“Turning up to a pitch that’s probably not a traditional pitch you would get here in Rawalpindi, and it’s probably clear they’ve made an effort to try and nullify the pace bowling,” Cummins was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

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“I think that’s a positive. And in sub-continent conditions, coming away with a draw it’s not a bad result.”

Cummins was pleased with the efforts of his bowlers. “I think we all tried different things. I think all the quick bowlers, although we’ve spent the best part of three days out in the field, I think we’ve all bowled around 25, maximum 30 overs each, which in comparison to a lot of Australian Test matches is actually a pretty light workload,” Cummins said.

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“Didn’t get a huge look at reverse swing this Test, but that might come into it later on. But I was really happy with how everyone went and everyone came through unscathed.”

–IANS

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