Below-Par bowling, followed by the disastrous batting performance of the Black Caps, has taken the game way too far from their reach. Chasing Australia’s first innings total of 467, the Kiwis were bowled out for just 148. The Aussie skipper Tim Paine had the chance to enforce the follow-on, but he turned away the opportunity.
Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who had been excellent in 2019, continued his brilliance in the Boxing Day Test. He claimed a fifer in the first innings by removing Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, and Tim Southee.
On the third day, Cummins took four wickets to complete his five-wicket haul. However, his wicket of Latham grabbed the maximum eye-balls. The way Cummins set Latham up was indeed a treat to watch. In just eight deliveries, the 26-year-old dismissed the Blackcaps opener with an absolute beauty.
Cummins held his line and dropped all the eight balls at the same spot and eventually got the success in the form of Latham’s wicket.
Cricket Australia’s official Twitter handle posted the video of Cummins’ masterclass.
“This is why he’s world No. 1. Pat Cummins eight balls leading into Tom Latham’s wicket. #AUSvNZ,” tweeted Cricket Australia.
This is why he's world No.1! ☝
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2019