Pat Cummins responds to Hafeez’s ‘Pakistan played better than Australia’ remark. Australia won the MCG Test by 79 runs.
Despite losing the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez please with his side’s performance and said they were better than the hosts. Notably, Pakistan were ahead when Australia were 16/4 at one point on Day 3. Abdullah Shafique lost a regulation catch of Mitchell Marsh at slip, allowing the Pat Cummins-led side to gain momentum.
Pakistan was on the hunt for the majority of the chase, chasing 317 runs. Shan Masood scored another half-century, and Babar Azam provided solid support. When they returned to the pavilion, Mohammad Rizwan and Agha Salman attempted to take control of the situation, but neither succeeded.
Notably, Rizwan’s dismissal was a contentious call, as the on-field umpire ruled him out for a caught behind appeal. Pat Cummins, who was unsure, proceeded to look into it, and a spike discovered in the extreme edge. However, nothing tangible was discovered in the hotspot, which made the stumper-batter exceedingly unhappy when he was thrown out. Hafeez emphasized the same thing, saying that several choices did not go their way and that the results could have been different if they had.
Hafeez’s comments, Cummins stated that the visitors performed well at the MCG
In the end, he is delighted to have won and it doesn’t matter to him what others say about the game.
“Ahhhh. Cool. They played well. I am glad we got the win. It doesn’t really matter, does it? It is the team who wins at the end,” the captain said as per news.com.au.
Australia won the game by 79 runs, with Cummins taking five wickets. They are now winning the series 2-0 and have risen to third place in the World Test Championship points table. The third Test, on the other hand, will begin on January 3 in Sydney.