Cummins shows form as Aussies struggle through

DISAPPOINTING throughout the Ashes campaign, Australia's top order again offered little resistance against English county side Northampton.

In a match reduced to two days because of rain, the Aussies declared their first innings closed at 9-312, fast bowler Pat Cummins (pictured) pressing his case for a fifth Test call-up with an unbeaten 82.

That helped restore some respectability against a makeshift attack that had reduced the tourists to 7-174, with David Warner, Adam Voges, Shane Watson and new captain Steve Smith among those out cheaply.

Smith, whose 215 against England in the second Test at Lord's is now a distant memory, made a six-ball duck to extend his run of outs which now reads 7, 8, 6, 5 and 0.

Apart from Cummins, who also took 3-64 in Northampton's first innings of 396, Mitchell Marsh underlined his case for a recall with 4-56 and 68 with the bat.

The fith Test starts at The Oval on Thursday.


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