Australia in Pakistan: Pat Cummins rues the cost of dropped catches in Karachi

Pat Cummins

Australia skipper Pat Cummins feels that dropped catches cost his side a victory in the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi.

The tourists dominated the match thanks to a monster first innings studded by a big hundred from Usman Khawaja.

Australia’s bowlers gave them a big edge as they bowled Pakistan out for just 148.

Cummins doesn’t regret not enforcing the follow-on and doesn’t feel there was anything he could have done better as skipper.

Pat Cummins rues the cost of drops

Pakistan held out for a draw eventually, with Steve Smith and Khawaja dropping key catches that might have helped Australia to a huge win.

“Think the positive thing is each time we’ve created more than 10 chances,” captain Pat Cummins said.

“[It’s] probably the disappointing thing this game as well.

“If we took a couple of those catches it might be a different scenario.

“I walked off the field at the end of the day’s play without feeling there was something I hadn’t tried, or there wasn’t a plan we hadn’t given a really good chance at.

“In foreign conditions we are showing that we are able to adapt and play well over here.

“But of course, getting so close, [being] so far ahead of the game, and not coming away with the result can feel like it’s a missed opportunity.”

Approval for Mitchell Swepson

Debutant Mitchell Swepson was one of the bowlers to miss out as a result of the slip-ups ending wicketless in the second innings of his maiden Test.

Cummins felt the spinner had made a good debut, though, despite his numbers.

“I thought Swepo bowled fantastically today,” Cummins said.

“I don’t know how he’s ended up with those figures. Especially that middle session, he had an umpire’s call, a couple of half chances dropped off his bowling, lots of plays and misses.

“The way he was able to be a real wicket-taking option on a really good wicket without really footmarks to the right handers I was just really impressed with how he went about it.

“Nathan, I thought he bowled well, particularly today. Felt like he was going to get a wicket every over.

“When I took off him to bowl Starcy or myself, it was a hard decision to make because felt like he was so close to a wicket all day.”