Pat Cummins couldn’t have had a better start to his leadership tenure than Day 1 of the Ashes 2021-22 opener, when the speedster snatched a five-fer. England were skittled out for a meagre 147 while batting first at the Gabba in Brisbane, thanks to his outstanding bowling performance. Cummins’ exploits in his leadership debut not only put the Australians in command, but they also went down in history. As Australia made a fairytale start to their campaign, the pacer finished with figures of 5/38 in 13.1 overs. Meanwhile, Cummins became the first bowler since Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan in 2019 to collect a five-wicket haul on his Test captaincy debut. The leggie made history in Chattogram, where he took five-fers in both innings in the Test.

Cummins became the tenth bowler in Ashes history to take a five-wicket haul as captain. Anil Kumble of India, Courtney Walsh of the West Indies, and Daniel Vettori of New Zealand are some of the other notable names who have taken a five-fer in Tests while managing the squad. Joe Root, Cummins’ opponent in this game, was the first to achieve the feat when he bowled 5/8 against India earlier this year.

These are some of Pat Cummins’ other achievements as a result of his outstanding performance in the Ashes Opener

Pat Cummins became the first Australian captain since George Giffen in 1895 to collect a five-wicket haul in his first Test match.

Since Michael Clarke in 2012, he is the only Australian skipper to collect a five-wicket haul.

Since Australian skipper Bob Willis in 1984, the bowler is the first skipper to take a five-for in an Ashes Test.

As captain, Cummins became the first Australian captain to take five wickets in the first innings. He’s the 11th person to achieve the feat in total.

Cummins became the 10th bowler in Ashes history to capture a five-wicket haul as captain, and the fifth Australian to do so.

Since Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan in 2019, the right-arm quick became the only bowler to collect a five-wicket haul on Test captaincy debut.

Meanwhile, the Australians are in command at the moment and would like to continue to dominate England on the second day. The Australians were unable to come out to bat on the first day due to rain and poor lighting. As a result, it will be intriguing to observe whether or not the visitors can make a return with the ball.