Australian and NSW Blues fast bowler Pat Cummins has claimed his best figures in Test and First Class cricket at the MCG on Saturday.
The 25-year-old right-arm quick returned the outstanding figures of 6-27 from 11 overs on the fourth day of the third Test in the four-match series against India.
At one stage late on the third day, Cummins had the remarkable figures of 4-2 during a resilient spell of fast bowling that reduced India to 4/32, despite the visitors’ big lead in the game.
India was 5/54 at stumps on day three, with a lead of 346, after it bowled out Australia for 151. The tourists declared at 8/106 on the fourth morning and, in response, Australia were 2/44 at lunch.
The six-wicket haul for Cummins bettered his previous best figures of 6-79 taken on Test debut, at 18 years of age, against South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg, in November 2011.
It was the third time Cummins had claimed five wickets in an innings at the Test and First Class level.
Cummins also returned career best match figures, in Test and First Class cricket, on Saturday. His six wickets added to 3-72 taken in the first innings to finish with 9-99 for the match.
Cummins has claimed 14 wickets for the series at the excellent average of 20.57. He trails Blues off-spinner, Nathan Lyon, by three wickets on the list of leading wicket takers for Australia in the series.
The spinner has 17 wickets to his name at 27.11 including best figures of 6-122 taken during the first Test at Adelaide Oval.
Lyon and Cummins are the second and third leading wicket takers for the series respectively, behind Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who has 18 scalps at 14.