Pat Cummins top scores for Australia in disappointing draw
Northamptonshire 396 (Crook 142no) drew with
Australians 312-9 declared (Cummins 82no)
Tour Match, Northampton, day three
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins starred with the bat by scoring an unbeaten half-century on the final day of an otherwise disappointing drawn three-day tour game against Northamptonshire at the County Ground.
After beginning the third day on 13 for one, Australia faltered as their top order failed to mount a challenge, losing half the side before reaching three figures.
Australia’s newly appointed captain Steve Smith (0) failed to get off the mark, while Shaun Marsh (24) and Adam Voges (21) failed to capitalize on their starts.
Before reaching the 30th over, Australia lost Shane Watson (20) but were rescued by a 69-run partnership between Peter Nevill (25) and Mitchell Marsh (68).
The pair played with controlled aggression, as the duo scored at 3.42 runs an over in their partnership, giving Australia some respite.
Steven Crook (3-38), the star with the bat for Northamptonshire, struck with the decisive wicket of Nevill in the 49th over, leaving the Australians reeling at 156 for six.
Crook picked up his third wicket of the day by dismissing Peter Siddle (9), with Australia facing the danger of being bowled out for less than 200 runs.
Australia’s rescue came in the form of a 98-run stand between Cummins (82 not out) and Nathan Lyon (41), both of whom scored freely, going at more than four runs an over.
Cummins largely dealt in boundaries, having scored 13 fours and a six in his knock, whereas Nathan Lyon played with a good mix of aggression and caution.
Cummins, who brought up his maiden fifty in all formats in 83 balls, saw Australia through to the end of the day’s play even after Lyon’s dismissal in the 80th over.
For Northamptonshire, Crook was the pick of the bowlers with his three-wicket haul, while Maurice Chambers (2-75) and Gleeson took two wickets each.
The Australian team will now head to London to face England in the fifth and final Test of the ongoing Ashes series, which begins on 20th August at The Oval.
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