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‘Remarkable’: Pat Cummins is a freak

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Pace spearheads Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi knocked over eight wickets and restricted Australia to 391 before Pakistan ended day two of the deciding Test at 1/90 in Lahore.Watch Australia’s Tour of Pakistan on Kayo. Every Test, ODI and T20 Live & On-Demand. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >The series is tied at 0-0 after the first two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi ended in high-scoring draws.Pat Cummins takes an absolute screamerWhile his teammates are dropping catches, Pat Cummins just showed them how it’s done. Azhai Ali whacked a delivery from the Aussie captain back towards him and while falling to his left, Cummins somehow reached to his right and took a superb return catch. He showed excellent athletcism to pluck the ball from the air as he was running past it. “What a catch! That was absolutely sensational from Pat Cummins, a remarkable catch,” commentator Mike Haysman said.Waqar Younis called the grab “simply outstanding” while Rob Key was full of praise for Cummins.“He is extraordinary the way he is able to just keep coming,” Key said. “He never lets up, every single ball.Cricket reporter Melinda Farrell tweeted: “Wow. Out of absolutely nowhere, Cummins finds something brilliant. Leading the way on one of the toughest grinding periods in this series.”Cricket writer Daniel Brettig said: “Just an incredible return catch by Cummins. It was almost past him.”Aussies finally get breakthroughAustralia finally claimed its first wicket of the day shortly after the lunch break when Nathan Lyon found the outside edge of Abdullah Shafique and Alex Carey took the catch. It was originally given not out by the umpire but the Aussies used their last review successfully, with snicko showing the ball just caught the edge of Shafique’s bat and he was on his way for 81.Swepson fuming after Smith drops catchSteve Smith’s reputation as one of the best fielders in world cricket has taken a hit this series and he didn’t help his cause by putting down a tough chance just before lunch. Mitchell Swepson tossed one up to Azhar Ali, who pushed at it hard nicked it towards Smith at slip. But Smith was wrongfooted and the ball flew through his left hand. Swepson was fuming at the missed chance and punched the air in anger.Cricket writer Melinda Farrell tweeted: “The air around Swepson has a black eye from how hard he just punched it. Pure frustration.”The SMH’s Tom Decent said: “Swepson’s reaction there after Smith chance says it all. He’d be filthy after drops in Karachi too.”Australia’s wasted review as desperate as it getsAustralia is yet to take a wicket on day three and judging by their latest review, the tourists are getting very desperate for a breakthrough. A Mitchell Starc delivery struck Shafique on the pad but it looked to be clearly going down the leg side. But captain Pat Cummins surprisingly decided to go upstars for a review, which showed the ball comfortably missing the stumps. Australia has just one review left, after wasting another on an a LBW call on day two in similar fashion. Sports reporter Oliver Caffrey tweeted: “There’s desperate, then there’s Australia’s last two reviews.”Green makes surprising admissionOn day two, Cameron Green was bowled by Naseem Shah after a resolute 223-minute stay intermittently lit up by nine boundaries.“He bowled really well all day,” Green said of the 19-year-old Pakistani. “He was getting the ball to reverse pretty largely both ways. Unfortunately just lack of concentration when you’ve been batting out there for a while.“I thought I saw the ball go away from me but it came back in. That’s kind of what you face over here.”While Green has made a promising start to his Test career, he is yet to record a maiden century and the all-rounder admitted it is starting to weigh on his mind. “Unfortunately I keep having thoughts going through my head when I’m out in the middle,” he said.“It’s becoming a bit of an issue because they keep popping in. I’ve got to keep working on that, feel comfortable when you get close to it, and hopefully it comes one day.”Green’s knock of 79 was his fourth score between 74 and 84 in the 12 Tests he’s played so far. When asked if he was more eager about scoring a century or claiming a five-wicket haul, Green replied: “Definitely a Test hundred.“It’s something I’ve been working towards my whole life and if it comes that would be awesome.”With AFP

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