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Aussie quicks search for reverse answer

Australia's quicks can't put their finger on exactly why they're not able to make the ball reverse swing as much this summer.

Aussie quicks search for reverse answer

Australia's quicks can't put their finger on exactly why they're not able to make the ball reverse swing as much this summer.

PAT CUMMINS of Australia celebrates after taking a wicket during the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia at PPC Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa.
PAT CUMMINS of Australia celebrates after taking a wicket during the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia at PPC Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture:Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Gallo Images

Reverse swing has been a talking point for Australia's quicks, but the big-name trio can't be sure why they're not getting full purchase out of the old ball this summer.

Australia's struggles were laid bare in the Melbourne loss, where they were unable to produce any real movement with the old ball for the majority of the opening two days as India took control of the match.


In contrast India had no such troubles, skittling through the hosts on both day three and four and only meeting any real resistance when they took the new ball late in the second innings before taking a 2-1 lead in the series.

And quick Pat Cumms said the Australia's bowlers had spoken about how to get a similar response out of the old ball as India's seamers.

"We spoke about it a bit," Cummins said ahead of Thursday's fourth and final Test in Sydney.

"It's just one of those things. Maybe on day one and two when we bowled the wicket wasn't as abrasive and that makes a big difference.

"We tried to bowl some cross-seamers and it didn't seem to scuff up as much as a couple of days later.

"Sometimes you get a ball that goes and sometimes you get a ball that doesn't. No doubt they (India) bowled really well with it and presented a good seam and suited those conditions."

Australia's inability to swing the ball has surely hurt their quicks - particularly Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.

Starc is considered one of the most dangerous bowlers in the world when he gets the ball swinging late, while Hazlewood's nagging areas thrive on movement.

Cummins is not so dependent, his impressive average of 20 with the ball this summer testament to that.

There is of course more scrutiny on Australia's ball management this summer, following sandpapergate which has cost Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft dearly.

Regardless, figures released by ESPNCricinfo show Australia's paceman are far more dangerous than India's with the new ball this series, but average more than double the amount of runs per wicket once it is 40 overs old.

According to the figures, Australia's same fast-bowling trio are also averaging an extra 15 runs per wicket compared to last year's Ashes once the ball is more than 40 overs old.

"To be honest I don't remember getting too much reverse swing last summer in the Ashes, I don't think it played a big part," Cummins said.

"I know last summer traditional swing there was pretty much none.

"We know we're going to be out there for quite a while bowling (this summer), it's a really good team and the wickets have been really dry.

"Reverse swing is a big factor, especially for the other two. Josh presents a really good seam and we know what Starcy does."

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