Cummins has a special home debut
PAT Cummins didn't disappoint in his long-awaited debut on home soil, and his emphatic dismissal of Englang captain Joe Root capped a great day for the big quick.
There would be no repeat of the Mitchell Johnson hurricane from four years ago, but on a grinding day for Australia, Cummins fought as hard as anyone and ultimately his class shone through.
On a desperately tight day of Ashes cricket, England went to stumps 4-196 from 80.3 overs with the grit shown by unheralded rookies Mark Stoneman (53) and James Vince (83) tempered by their stodgy run-rate.
Cummins said Root's wicket was a career highlight.
"It's pretty much the dream wicket,” Cummins said.
"It's one of the most satisfying I've ever got. To set him up with a couple of overs of out-swing and then get him with a big in-swinger ... that only comes off once in a 100 times but when it does, it's pretty special and fortunately it was their captain so I'm pretty happy with that.”
He said the game was evenly poised at the end of day one.
"They didn't really get away from us but I thought they batted quite well and four down at the end of the day is a pretty even result,” he said.
"I don't think we are going to blast them out tomorrow, it is about discipline.”
Cummins crashed through Stoneman's stumps and then cannoned into the pads of Root.
The emotion built up from missing so many summers with injury since bursting on to the scene as an 18-year-old in South Africa back in 2011, was etched all over Cummins' face as he celebrated Root's wicket.
After Root was given not out by umpire Marais Erasmus, Cummins was adamant the England skipper had been struck plumb and the review confirmed that he was dead-on target.
It was fitting reward for 19 overs of toil but Australia must hit their mark this morning if they're to swing the Test in their favour.
Root is regarded as one of the best batsmen in world cricket.