"If I can share my experience with the younger guys, then hopefully, we can put Australian cricket in a good place".
Spinner of Australia Nathon Lyon Finally got his award for some smart bowling with two wickets as England suffered a middle-order collapse to be used for 302 and bring lunch on day two of the series-opening Ashes Test in Brisbane on Friday.Having moved to 246 for four, England lost their last six wickets for 56 runs at the Gabba.
While Australia are looking for quick wickets early on day two armed with a new ball, Cummins believed the deck wouldn't resemble the Gabba of old until Saturday at the earliest. The keeper had a few nervous moments on day one - dropping a chance of Lyon's bowling - but took a catch on the morning of the second day of the game. But as well as executing a momentum-shifting run-out, Lyon helped paved the way for Cummins (2-59) to clinch a special career highlight by knocking over the mighty Root.
"Reading comments like that gives you an extra incentive to go out and make a statement - a little more fire to go out there and prove people wrong".
"I know I am a leader and one of the most experienced in the change rooms. To set him up with a couple of overs of out swing and then get him with a big in-swinger ... that only comes off once in a 100 times but when it does, it's pretty special and fortunately it was their captain so I'm pretty happy with that".
"But I've got a lot of faith and confidence in Painey and I think he's the best gloveman in the country."
England, the Ashes holders, closed on 196-4, with Dawid Malan 28 not out and Moeen Ali unbeaten on 13.
"I thought the wicket out there was a bit English in that it was a bit slower".
WHY was Tim Paine selected for Australia to play in the Ashes?
In their defence, there may not be a genuine all-rounder in the country that could replicate the role played by Shane Watson four years ago, but Australia could do without the anxiousness of feeling like they're living life on the edge by exposing the No.1 asset that is their pace attack. I would have preferred Lyon's figures to have been 3-80.
Root survived that misstep but was trapped lbw on the same score by Cummins, with Steve Smith successfully reviewing Marais Erasmus' not-out verdict. I have said consistently that the pitches we saw in England in the summer were not straightforward.