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The Ashes: Cummins happy with day five effort

Pat Cummins was pleased with Australia's final day efforts despite the fact they could not bowl England out to win the fourth Test at the SCG.

Australia missed the chance to complete a whitewash as England hung on by the skin of their teeth on Sunday, and for the first time this series Cummins had been criticised.

Final day failures

It is not the first time Australia have failed to wrap up a test on the final day. Last summer they could not bowl out India at the SCG and the Gabba on the final day which ended up costing them the series.

They failed again on this occasion after dominating the Test from the first ball and Cummins was criticised for not declaring earlier.

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However the skipper was happy with the way they handled the final day and praised England for hanging on for the draw.

"Two of them have been here at the SCG (where) a day five wicket doesn't play like a day traditional broken-up day five wicket," Cummins said. "This year, compared to last year, I think we've made some improvements.

"We probably stuck at some plans a little bit longer. When you're that far ahead of the game of course you want to win it.

"But I thought England played well. I was really happy with how everyone went and the went plans we had."

Stoppages in play

Rain delays also played a part in the fourth Test and Cummins believes something should be done about how they are handled so they can get more overs in.

"It's always spoken about," Cummins added. "It's kind of the traditions of Test cricket.

"Even on day one we gave a bit of an allowance for the anthems and opening ceremony, which was when there was sunlight there for little while.

"I don't know the answers, but I think if it's not raining and we've been sitting down all morning, let's try and play as much cricket as we can.

"It's one of the traditions. I'd be happy if we found some more overs somewhere."

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