Ashes: After Boxing Day Test win, skipper Pat Cummins eyes England whitewash
Pat Cummins wants to "cement" Australia's identity
The skipper cited Australia's last two wins over England
Aussie bowler Scott Boland was given the Mullagh Medal
Pat Cummins seemed to look beyond Australia's Ashes win on Tuesday and was determined to "cement the identity" of the team by taking away the entire series. The Australian side, with their third win, has already sealed their victory and retained the Ashes. Two more games remain.
Cummins, the 28-year-old Australian skipper, played on the team's established dominance in the home Ashes series, where England was playing in Australian stadiums.
"The last series was 4-0, the one before that was 5-0, and it is a chance for us to cement our identity in the next few years", Cummins said in a statement after the game ended on Tuesday.
Australia managed to dominate 2013- 2014 Ashes Test Series with a tally of 5-0 while the 2017-2018 was 4-0, according to reports from ESPN.
"Thrilled for Scott Boland playing in front of his home crowd here. We have been relentless. The bowlers have just turned up and owned their areas outside off-stump", Cummins said.
He jokingly added, "We knew whoever steps in will do a great job. We were really confident that Scotty would do a great job; maybe not 6 for 7", Cricbuzz reported.
The start of Monday’s second day of play was delayed by 30 minutes due to a COVID-19 scare involving two members of England’s support staff.
Australia was bowled out for 267 on Monday as the home side grabbed a first-innings advantage of 82 runs. England could not even reach that figure to make Australia bat a second time.
The fourth test is scheduled to begin on January 5 in Sydney, with the fifth from January 14 in Hobart.
(With AP inputs)