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Josh is my Man of the Tournament: Cummins

Sixers’ speedster says Hazlewood set up key wickets and restricted runs

After winning the semi-final with the bat in a cliffhanger, fast bowler Pat Cummins and the Sixers were happy to claim the CLT20 2012 title with unexpected ease. The 19-year-old praised fellow pacer Josh Hazlewood who was the most economical of their pace trio that includes Mitchell Starc, for his consistency and keeping the opposition batters on a tight leash throughout the tournament.

He was also very appreciative of the calmness with which captain Brad Haddin and Michael Lumb chased down the target in the final. While speaking to clt20.com after winning the title clash against the Highveld Lions, Cummins talked about the win and the Sixers’ run in the tournament. 

Excerpts from his brief interview:

On the final

The start that we got today with the ball was probably the best start I would say in Twenty20 cricket. When a team is four down with nine runs on the board like the Highveld Lions were, it is almost impossible to come back from there. They got to 121, which is great effort by them.
The way that we didn’t panic while chasing, and Hads [Brad Haddin] and Lumby [Micheal Lumb] got us over the line, was first class. It was great to watch.

On Nathan McCullum’s bowling


McCullum and Steve O’Keefe both were great. Throughout the tournament they were pretty quiet and they didn’t bowl so many overs. But they were given the role today and they stepped up. That just shows what a well-balanced side we are.

On whether they had any special plans for Neil McKenzie and Gulam Bodi?

Bodi is a very leg-side batsman. We set the field and tried to bowl a quiet line to him; but fortunately, we didn’t have to worry about him today. The plan was to bowl in the hip and not give him freedom to swing around. And the same deal for McKenzie.

On not getting wickets today

It is okay, as long we won.

On Josh Hazlewood’s performance

I reckon Hazlewood is my Man of the Tournament. The way he went about every game, he is so consistent. Some of the wickets didn’t go his way but certainly he sets up a lot of the wickets that the others got. And restricting the flow of runs is probably the most important thing in Twenty20; so I will probably give him the Man of the Tournament if he doesn’t get it anyway. I think he deserves it.

On being part of the Sixers’ pace trio with Mitchell Starc and Hazlewood

We are all the about the same age so hope we can do that for the next few years. We get along really well and enjoy each other’s success; so hopefully we will continue.

And do the same for Australia as well?

Absolutely!

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