Cummins ignites final day

Two wickets in three balls by Pat Cummins was not quite enough to get Australia home in the fourth Test at Sydney yesterday.

The Australian captain and former Glenbrook-Blaxland Cricket Club junior trapped Jos Buttler LBW then produced the ball of the match, an unplayable in-swinging yorker which literally knocked batsman Mark Wood off his feet.

Despite the wickets late on day five, England's veteran pace duo, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, managed to hold on for an exhilarating draw.

Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins

There was some criticism of the timing of Cummins' declaration on Saturday but the bowler said he believed he had left enough time to give Australia a good chance.

"I wanted about three and a half an over," Cummins said after the match. "The wicket was still not playing too many tricks and I thought if they batted really well 350 was pretty achievable out there.

"I thought 110 overs was enough time."

I thought 110 overs was enough time.

Pat Cummins

Australia, led by Cummins for the first time in this series, has already secured the Ashes and is ahead 3-0. The final Test, a day-night game, begins in Hobart on January 14.