Cummins: I expected to play in the final Ashes Test


Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has revealed that he expected to play in the fifth final Ashes Test against England ahead of Peter Siddle who eventually got the nod.

With the Ashes urn already lost and seamer Josh Hazelwood rested, the Aussies went with the 30 year-old Siddle instead of the 22 year-old Cummins for the Test at the Oval.

The selection drew plenty of criticism from ex-Australia players, especially Shane Warne, who blasted chief selector Rod Marsh for failing to look to the future.

In the end, Siddle had a superb match as Australia won the Test to give Michael Clarke a winning send-off in his final game.

While saying that he thought he would play, Cummins understood why the selectors went with Siddle and couldn't be more happier for the Victorian.

Asked if he thought he would get the nod, Cummins said: "Yeah I did. I was preparing to play I was ready to go but I also knew how well Siddsy had been bowling the whole trip, especially in some of the earlier games before the first Test.

"He bowled brilliantly apparently. So I knew there was one spot and there was two of us going for it so I was ready to play and disappointing not to get a run but I saw why Siddsy got picked, he bowled brilliantly."