'Tough one to get your head around' - Cummins on second ODI loss
Pat Cummins has admitted deep regret regarding his side's agonising defeat to England in the second ODI on Sunday as Australia slipped from a dominant position twice in the match.
England were in dire straits at 149-8 but Adil Rashid and Tom Curran's heroic stand lifted them to a moderate total of 231 for nine in their 50 overs.
Despite dominating a majority of the proceedings, the Aussie bowlers messed up their lines and lengths in the death overs allowing England to crawl back into the contest.
On a surface where bowling good-length deliveries reaped rewards, Australia experimented with variations in the final overs only to be punished by Curran and Rashid.
"I'll get my head around that tomorrow and have a bit of a look at the footage. On that wicket, for 40 overs it felt like a good length was the hardest to hit, and suddenly they started hitting them quite nicely," Cummins said after the narrow defeat.
"We'll have a review. If we'd kept them down - those last 10 [overs] went for 80-odd, I think - we're suddenly only chasing 200 and it's a different game.
"It's a tough one to get your head around. I thought we bowled really well and then let them off the hook in the last 10 overs ... we gave them an extra 40 or 50 runs."
Australia's chase then fell apart in dazzling fashion when England's pacers dismantled the visitors' batting after the solid progress made by skipper Aaron Finch and fresh prodigy Marnus Labuschagne.
Cummins stressed on the need for Australia requiring improvement in their performances and adapting their game on sluggish pitches since such challenges will be expected in the 2023 World Cup in India.
"Something we always talk about in tournament play and World Cups is that towards the back end, you are likely to get these kinds of wickets where spinners [will play a role] and you're not getting 350 that you might get at the start of the tournament," he said.
"On a really good wicket, in your death bowling, you go to yorkers or slower balls or bouncers. Here it's tossing up what's the hardest ball to hit - is it a yorker or maybe it's top of the stumps? Maybe you can keep the fields in for longer, the spinners might have more of an impact. I really enjoy it. It makes you think differently and try and solve problems."