Ashes: No 5-wicket haul but World No. 1 Pat Cummins breaks 42-year-old record

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Pat Cummins finished his Ashes with 29 wickets in the series to become the highest wicket-taker in any Ashes series, without having picked a five-for to his name.Cummins bagged 2 wickets in the second innings of the ongoing 5th and final Ashes Test at The Oval while picked 3 wickets in the first innings to take his total tally to 29 at 19.63 runs apiece. On the course, Cummins broke 42-year-old record of most wickets, without a five-for, that was until held by former Australia pacer Wayne Clark. Clark had 28 wickets to his name in the 1977-78 Ashes series.Cummins 29 wickets, are the most by an Australian fast bowler on foreign soil since Glenn McGrath captured 32 in 2001–the last time when Australia won a series in England.The pace spearhead scalped 7 wickets in first Test, six in second, four with Third Test while once again picked 7 wickets in the fourth Test that Australia won to retain Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001.Though Australia coach Justin Langer said it might not be “humanly possible” for one of his fast bowlers to play all five Tests but Cummins has done that. Not only he has featured in all Test but he has also bowled 211 overs, the most by an Australian fast bowler in a Test series this century to surpass McGrath’s 209.1 in the 2006-07 Ashes on home soil.The 26-year-old is already at the top spot in ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers and after finishing the Ashes series on high, Cummins has further solidified his position as the world’s No.1 Test bowler.advertisementAlso Read | Steve Smith wishes wife Dani Willis on 1st wedding anniversaryAlso see:last_img read more