AUSTRALIA captain Pat Cummins opened up on the criticism over his captaincy following two close victories at Edgbaston and Lord’s, a defeat a Leeds and a draw in Manchester.
The fifth and final Test will be played a The Oval from Thursday and this will be the chance for hosts to level the series.
It was a nail-biter in Manchester as Australia narrowly avoided a loss to retain Ashes and the captain’s tactics were criticised as the visitors played catch-up cricket. It all started with their poor batting performance after losing the toss in ideal batting conditions.
“I honestly haven’t read anything. A few things have come across my desk from the boys having a laugh. I’ve been in this job two years now, and you learn pretty quickly that you’ve got to have a thick skin,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Cummins as saying.
“It’s such a great bunch of players and staff here that we all know what everyone is about and how we are going to go about it, and for me, that’s more important than anything else. I’m not going to please everyone and everyone’s got opinions, but they aren’t facts, they’re opinions,” Cummins added.
“I think it does have a shelf life. I won’t put a date on it, I’ve got to get there first. I feel like every Test match I learn quite a bit, you just get exposed to more things with each game. I’m loving working with this team and the staff. Enjoying it at the moment, we’ll see what the future holds. I feel like with each game I’m getting better and I think there’s a fair bit more left in me,” Cummins said of captaincy.
“I don’t think it’s shifted too much over the series, to be honest. I think Edgbaston again, was another moment where there wasn’t a lot in it (the pitch) for the bowlers. They scored almost 400 on day one and I don’t see it as too dissimilar to last week,” Cummins said.
“I think you’ve got to hold your nerve a little bit sometimes, you’ve got to trust that’s your best percentage to get nicks even if they hit a few cover drives. You’ve got to keep your catchers in, you’ve got to take wickets. I think we’ve been pretty consistent this series,” he added.