Australia A in England 2013 May 10, 2013

Cummins to travel with Australia A to England

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At 18, Pat Cummins made his Test debut in Johannesburg and was Man of the Match. There could hardly have been a more exciting prospect in Australian sport at the time. Eighteen months later and Cummins, who turned 20 last week, has not only failed to add another Test to that eye-catching performance at the Wanderers, he hasn't even played a first-class match since then. The teenager who looked like the future of Australian fast bowling has become its forgotten man.

But slowly Cummins is making his way back. He will travel with the Australia A party to England later this month, although he will not be part of the official squad, and is hoping to make a full return during the Australia A tour of South Africa in July. If he makes it through those trips without any setbacks, he could press for selection for the ODIs in England that follow the Ashes. But it won't be exactly the same Cummins who startled South Africa as a tearaway Test debutant.

After a foot injury ruled him out of most of the 2011-12 summer and a back stress fracture left him a spectator in 2012-13, Cummins knew that his bowling action would need to be assessed. He is now at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane where he has been put through three sessions a week of bowling with a streamlined action that he, the bowling coach Troy Cooley, and Cricket Australia's medical staff hope can keep him fit and firing.

"It's been trying to straighten everything out in my action," Cummins told ESPNcricinfo. "Through a running coach I've been trying to fix my mechanics and be a more efficient runner in my approach to the crease, and then when I get to the crease trying to straighten out all the alignments. Hopefully it gets me a bit more swing and consistency.

"It's going against everything I've done for the last 20 years and trying to do something totally different. It's certainly been a little bit foreign, but at the same time I want to nail it down because I know it's going to turn me into a better bowler. It's exciting but at the same time it's challenging. You get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing improvements after every session.

"It should mean I can bowl the same pace, if not quicker, but hopefully I'll just be more efficient, which means I'll be able to bowl more consistently and for longer in a game. Hopefully I can turn my swing into more consistent swing instead of having some days where it's not swinging for me. It's about having a less injury-prone action but also about enhancing the performances."

Not surprisingly, Cummins is itching to bowl with the red ball in a match situation again. That opportunity could come in England; although he won't be part of the Australia A squad he might be used in their warm-up matches and he hopes there could be a chance to test himself in some league cricket during the trip. Of course, given his injury history, everything that Cummins or Cricket Australia says about his plans is prefaced with a "depending on..." or a "hopefully".

It had been hoped that he could return to the first-class scene at the start of the 2012-13 summer for New South Wales and that he would be in contention for the Tests against South Africa. He was building his workload back up during September and October as part of Australia's squad for the limited-overs games against Pakistan in the UAE, the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and for the Sydney Sixers in the Champions League, but a stress fracture in his back ended his season.

"I really enjoy playing one-day and T20 cricket and I'd never want to give that away, but playing it for a couple of months made me realise how much I missed bowling with a red ball and building up a bowling innings," Cummins said. "At the end of it I really just wanted to try to get back to that.

"I think I played almost 20 Twenty20 games in a couple of months. I love playing it but I was really looking forward to playing Shield cricket after that. Unfortunately it didn't happen. The long-term goal is definitely to get back into the red-ball game with Shield matches for New South Wales and down the track Tests is the goal."

First, he'll have to keep himself fit enough to add to his 16 wickets from four first-class appearances. And having already experienced the thrill of Test cricket once in his short career, Cummins knows that sitting out of last season, even if his back soreness felt manageable, was the right decision in the long run.

"It's not acute pain but it's just something that's there," he said. "The nature of a stress-fracture injury is that there's a little crack and if you keep bowling it's going to turn into a big crack. It's one of those injuries that could turn into a massive injury if it's not managed."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Barnesy4444 on May 15, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Give him time and don't rush him back. He won't be hitting his prime for another 3-4 years. It won't bother me if he only plays for NSW until he's 23 and by that stage Pattinson and Starc will have played 30 tests each. We may get a good 8 years of test cricket out of Cummins.

  • landl47 on May 15, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    It's great to hear that Cummins is on the road to recovery. Whichever team you support, seeing outstanding young cricketers come through is one of the most exciting parts of the game. I hope he will make a full recovery and be able to resume his career as soon as possible.

    Cricket just can't afford to lose talent like his.

  • on May 12, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    @villageblacksmith.."clark completely overbowled cummo cos the other worldbeaters were bowling total rubbish... watch the test again and you will see."

    I dont dispute what you are saying but that doesnt clash with my earlier statements anyway, it merely adds credibility to them. For an 18 year old to carry the attack like that and be the decisive factor in the win on his debut and against the worlds best is an extroadinary feat. The way he roughed up Kallis and then fed him the perfect outswinger. The way he produced the perfect bouncer which whizzed past Philanders noze and brushed his glove and followed it up next ball with the perfect yorker to Morkel showed an innate ability to outfox the batsmen. To top it all off; he showed very good nerve to guide Australia home with the bat. It's not what he did but how he did it that convinced me and I dont think watching the highlights again will change my mind.

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 12, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    clark completely overbowled cummo cos the other worldbeaters were bowling total rubbish... watch the test again and you will see... and then patto gets 3 overs in india...?? strange... eng to lose at least 12-0 now cummo even to travel ...

  • AKS286 on May 11, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    This is unfair if we compare current bowler and 4 years before bowlers. Now a days Fitness is a big issue, and number of games (international n Domestic), club level, different format is very high than earlier era. Current bowlers are more dynamic than previous.

  • on May 11, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    If you see the highlights of Pat Cummins in his first Test Match you'll see the bowling instincts and nouse of someone much more experienced than what he is. He is not just a tearaway but an instinctive, natural wicket taker more in the mould of McGrath or Warne than someone like Brett Lee. I compare him with Warne and McGrath because of his ability to think batsmen out, not because of his bowling style. Hisi instinctive wicket taking brain along with his pace and bounce make him the most exciting young bowling prospect in world cricket since Mohammed Aamir (without the match fixing).

  • Beertjie on May 11, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @Ken McCarron on (May 10, 2013, 23:04 GMT), I watched his performance in JHB and it was absolutely thrilling. No predictions from me. My only wish is that he be handled with even more care than the others (whatever the experts reckon needs to be followed - just don't push him).

  • DylanBrah on May 11, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @AKS286, actually Cutting and Faulkner both have much better FC records than List A. Bollinger is also a very good FC bowler. Cutting is an awful bowler in both List A and T20, but ironically he has represented Australia in both short forms, but not the long form.

  • AKS286 on May 11, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Australian team is having flood of good pace bowlers, Now, it is very difficult to for selectors to choose whom. Old guns are still Better. But, the talent management of Australia is very Poor. They can't utilize these Pace bowlers. Their selection basis is very also poor. Cutting, Faulkner, Starc,, Bollinger (i don't think he never make a comeback) are good in limited over not in test. SA is also producing good pacers but most of them are test bowlers and Aus is producing limited overs. When we talk about Pace bowling one bowler comes in our mind STEYN not only for his pace but also for his Fitness. Cummins has to learn from Steyn, Morkel. because Fast bowlers are like shooting stars. Injury is the downfall of them remember Bond. DE Lange also makes an exciting debut but injured.

  • Moppa on May 11, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    @Yes_Valkyries, your comment is very strange. Firstly, @RandyOZ didn't say Pattinson and Cummins were the best bowlers in the world, just the fastest. I don't necessarily agree with him, but the point is no-one is arguing they are better than Steyn on this forum, so your comment is completely irrelevant. I have no idea what relevance your comparison of Starc, Faulkner and Praveen Kumar has either. And I'm not sure why talking about Cummins means people have somehow forgotten the other bowlers you mention. So, next time, try to stick to the point.

  • Barnesy4444 on May 15, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Give him time and don't rush him back. He won't be hitting his prime for another 3-4 years. It won't bother me if he only plays for NSW until he's 23 and by that stage Pattinson and Starc will have played 30 tests each. We may get a good 8 years of test cricket out of Cummins.

  • landl47 on May 15, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    It's great to hear that Cummins is on the road to recovery. Whichever team you support, seeing outstanding young cricketers come through is one of the most exciting parts of the game. I hope he will make a full recovery and be able to resume his career as soon as possible.

    Cricket just can't afford to lose talent like his.

  • on May 12, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    @villageblacksmith.."clark completely overbowled cummo cos the other worldbeaters were bowling total rubbish... watch the test again and you will see."

    I dont dispute what you are saying but that doesnt clash with my earlier statements anyway, it merely adds credibility to them. For an 18 year old to carry the attack like that and be the decisive factor in the win on his debut and against the worlds best is an extroadinary feat. The way he roughed up Kallis and then fed him the perfect outswinger. The way he produced the perfect bouncer which whizzed past Philanders noze and brushed his glove and followed it up next ball with the perfect yorker to Morkel showed an innate ability to outfox the batsmen. To top it all off; he showed very good nerve to guide Australia home with the bat. It's not what he did but how he did it that convinced me and I dont think watching the highlights again will change my mind.

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 12, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    clark completely overbowled cummo cos the other worldbeaters were bowling total rubbish... watch the test again and you will see... and then patto gets 3 overs in india...?? strange... eng to lose at least 12-0 now cummo even to travel ...

  • AKS286 on May 11, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    This is unfair if we compare current bowler and 4 years before bowlers. Now a days Fitness is a big issue, and number of games (international n Domestic), club level, different format is very high than earlier era. Current bowlers are more dynamic than previous.

  • on May 11, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    If you see the highlights of Pat Cummins in his first Test Match you'll see the bowling instincts and nouse of someone much more experienced than what he is. He is not just a tearaway but an instinctive, natural wicket taker more in the mould of McGrath or Warne than someone like Brett Lee. I compare him with Warne and McGrath because of his ability to think batsmen out, not because of his bowling style. Hisi instinctive wicket taking brain along with his pace and bounce make him the most exciting young bowling prospect in world cricket since Mohammed Aamir (without the match fixing).

  • Beertjie on May 11, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @Ken McCarron on (May 10, 2013, 23:04 GMT), I watched his performance in JHB and it was absolutely thrilling. No predictions from me. My only wish is that he be handled with even more care than the others (whatever the experts reckon needs to be followed - just don't push him).

  • DylanBrah on May 11, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @AKS286, actually Cutting and Faulkner both have much better FC records than List A. Bollinger is also a very good FC bowler. Cutting is an awful bowler in both List A and T20, but ironically he has represented Australia in both short forms, but not the long form.

  • AKS286 on May 11, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Australian team is having flood of good pace bowlers, Now, it is very difficult to for selectors to choose whom. Old guns are still Better. But, the talent management of Australia is very Poor. They can't utilize these Pace bowlers. Their selection basis is very also poor. Cutting, Faulkner, Starc,, Bollinger (i don't think he never make a comeback) are good in limited over not in test. SA is also producing good pacers but most of them are test bowlers and Aus is producing limited overs. When we talk about Pace bowling one bowler comes in our mind STEYN not only for his pace but also for his Fitness. Cummins has to learn from Steyn, Morkel. because Fast bowlers are like shooting stars. Injury is the downfall of them remember Bond. DE Lange also makes an exciting debut but injured.

  • Moppa on May 11, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    @Yes_Valkyries, your comment is very strange. Firstly, @RandyOZ didn't say Pattinson and Cummins were the best bowlers in the world, just the fastest. I don't necessarily agree with him, but the point is no-one is arguing they are better than Steyn on this forum, so your comment is completely irrelevant. I have no idea what relevance your comparison of Starc, Faulkner and Praveen Kumar has either. And I'm not sure why talking about Cummins means people have somehow forgotten the other bowlers you mention. So, next time, try to stick to the point.

  • pat_one_back on May 11, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    Sure 1 test is just that, maybe someone should ask Jaques Kallis how good a bowler He thinks Pat Cummins is!!! JK is undoubtedly one of the best bats of his generation and Patty made him look like the teenager on debut in open age. All the modern research is that his body's too young, we saw it with Brett Lee, Dizzzy G and as memory serves they did ok once they grew into their bowling boots through their twenties. Good luck Patty, bide your time you've plenty of it mate.

  • on May 10, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    Many people her comment without having seen Cummins bowl, particularly in a live situation where you see the nuances of the day's play much better. Cummins does need to get wickets at domestic level and work his way back into the game but you only have to talk to the players and they will tell you - Cummins is the best fast bowling prospect in Australia. I heard Nathan Lyon on radio the other day saying he felt Nic Maddinson was the best batting prospect of the younger guys and I would agree with that assessment also (btw Maddinson's three younger brothers are working their way up the grades at Sutherland DCC - how we could do with another "Waugh-like" family!) I will add Agar and Zampa as the best young spinners and Whiteman from WA as a really good option as a keeper down the track.....

  • Mitcher on May 10, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    @Yes_Valkyries: So nobody is allowed to talk about an exciting young prospect just because he hasn't yet had his spirit broken by the dead, doctored dust bowls of the subcontinent? I hardly see how anyone has said he's the greatest quick ever here anyway. Negativity wins the day again.

  • disco_bob on May 10, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    "It's going against everything I've done for the last 20 years". Oh come on now, isn't just a wee bit of an exaggeration? I know that some people are 'born to bowl' but I don't think it's literal.

  • Yes.Valkyries on May 10, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    What I see in this column people talking much on the basis one match. Not good to overrate a rookie. he has to prove himself in Fast pitches as well as in Sub-Continent.Starc, Faulkner is good in limited over cricket. Starc is a below avg. Bowler in Tests. Even Praveen kumar is having better record than Starc. 123 vs 143 speed on a flat wicket. How you fans are? now you all forget Johnson, Harris Copeland, Hilfy, Bollinger.@AKS286 on (May 10, 2013, 9:31 GMT) I'm agree with you Johnson is the best in all format.@ RandyOZ have you heard the name of Steyn- Best ever pace bowler in the history of Cricket. Steyn is better than WI, Aus, Pak, Eng legends.

  • Beertjie on May 10, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    It's not a question of if but rather when he plays for Australia in another test. He needs time to gain experience in Shield and, of course, to be carefully rotated. If at all he plays in Ashes II, Perth and Sydney may be best. Agree entirely with your misgivings, @ venkatesh018.

  • Meety on May 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter on (May 10, 2013, 8:33 GMT) - the more I read from you, the more I think you have no clue! Reality check - of the "...3 decidedly ordinary games.." you refer to, one was the Shield Final - which I saw some of his spells & they were magnificent. He had one of those days where any other day he would of had 7 wickets, it has been described by Cowan as the most sustained, hoistile fast bowling he had ever faced (that was before he faced Steyn, but still relevant). The pummelling he gave Kallis in SA, was spell binding. He may never do another thing in International cricket, but he is undoubtably the most exciting pace prospect I have seen since Craig McDermott. @ Mitcher on (May 10, 2013, 11:07 GMT) - I am 100% with you on that! @ RandyOZ on (May 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT) - good to see you channelling Jonesy2 (although Cummins is not a WA product). @HatsforBats on (May 10, 2013, 11:46 GMT) - great comment, agree 100%!

  • Meety on May 10, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Okay with him touring, he is such an outstanding prospect, but would mainly look to see him being in the background in the nets. Hoping that he can start for NSW in the Shield in October & take a bag of wickets to put pressure on the Oz bowlers for the return Ashes series, (which Oz will retain by then)! Please - no 20/20!

  • HatsforBats on May 10, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Certainly his action was a bit aggressive with the front foot on delivery, but (obviously I'm no expert) how much of his injury history is action, and how much is the natural forces of fast bowling acting on a young and rapidly growing body? I'm always suprised just how big he is! The prospect of a faster and fitter Cummins is a great prospect but I'm sceptical of that outcome, particularly with Cooley involved. Without a doubt I'd prefer having Lillee by his side. I imagine Waqar also would have been a great asset considering his history. We have a surfeit of quicks at the moment, it would be best if he gets his wish and gets back to bowling in shield for a few seasons before he plays tests again.

  • RandyOZ on May 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Probably the fastest bowler on earth along with patto

  • Mitcher on May 10, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    WOW, some of the early responses here really reinforce the fact that Internet forums are bastions of negativity. For mine, this guy is an amazing talent. Yep, had some injury issues, partly as a result of NSW over bowling him when they said they wouldn't. But I hope and pray he gets back to fitness so we can see just what this impressive young man is capable of. Maybe he won't be the greatest ever, but lets enjoy the ride!

  • on May 10, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @CricketMaan, That wouldn't do Faulkner any good, we've got quite a few good prospects now. He'd be stuck behind Southee, Boult, Bracewell, Wagner, McClenaghan, Milne, and Hamish Bennett (once he is back on the park).

  • CricketMaan on May 10, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Poor Faulkner, he must be thinking he has a chance with Aus..with Pattinson, Bird, Cummins and Siddle, Starc, Hifly ahead..what will Faulkner, Coulter Nile or Kane Richardson do? Head to NZ?

  • AKS286 on May 10, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    M.Johnson is the World Class bowler he is the Spearhead of Australia, everyone is below to him even Siddle. Starc still not impresses in test. Under Clarke's captaincy seniors are axed and i don't know why their performance lost mojo. M.Johnson is best in all format and bowls good in every type of Pitch. Otherwise all will be fine just wait till Smith takes captaincy from Clarke.

  • Dashgar on May 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I've given up on Pat Cummins. When he gets himself fit he'll be a serious bonus but we already have Pattinson, Starc and Bird supporting Siddle (with the bonus of Harris) so he wouldn't have made this ashes even if he was fully fit. Those 3 players have been piling up wickets in domestic and international cricket for a while now. Cummins still only has one game to hang his hat on. He might have been the biggest prospect then but he isn't it now.

  • AKS286 on May 10, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Exciting but at age 18 he face long injury so it is better to debut him at age 24 if Aus want him to serve for long period. Australia always fails in talent management. England still don't debut Topley because of early age. Merchant De Lange is elder than these two but still not fully fit after mauling debut against SL.

  • on May 10, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    To be honest the first time i saw him bowl I didn't like his action, it just didn't have the ferrari like smoothness of a Lee, Donald or Steyn, i'm pretty sure once he gets finished sorting through his action that he'll be an almighty handful. Hopefully he'll come back with a smoother action that also allows him to get in a bit closer to the stumps as well.

  • on May 10, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Don't do it Cummins, please don't. You will be like so many of us NZ quicks who had their actions tweaked and "streamlined" and ended up with more injuries than we would have had we not been "optimised". This is a bad idea, a dangerous one, and Australia will be risking a brilliant prospect in Cummins by doing this.

  • FieryFerg on May 10, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    This would be the same Troy Cooley who almost ruined Jimmy Anderson by trying to 'fix' his natural action! Totally overrated as a bowling coach - he got the credit for England's 2005 Ashes attack when he had very little to do with the development of any of them. Much prefer the Saker approach - leave the biomechanics and work on tactics, routines, etc.

  • Thefakebook on May 10, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    I think he will be big star in future just keep him away from t20 and IPEELs!

  • Ozcricketwriter on May 10, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I disagree with him being the future of Australian bowling. He had one good test. That's it. At first class level he had 3 decidedly ordinary games before he was called up for that hunch. He might be good, but we can't decide that after 1 test. Let's wait until he has at least played 10 or 15 before making a decision. It is sad that he is injured; but, as so many have said, there are ample others to fill his boots. Even if Cummins was fit, I would put him below Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson anyway, and then there are the more experienced bowlers as well.

  • Teachers on May 10, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    I agree with you venkatesh018, this experiment could set the definition of taking raw talent and trying to make it better. Cricket Australia could either hang their hat on this new approach or regret it. Admittedly, most bowlers/batsmen need fine tuning to their natural skills, but in this case it appears to be a more drastic approach. For the sake of Australia, and more importantly Cummins, I hope it all works out.

  • Mitty2 on May 10, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Overall a good decision by management. You could just tell that the reoccuring injuries weren't just due to youth as most say, but due to his action. He was quite obviously the best bowler in the test: bowling 145km/h, with bounce, swing and most importantly, with accuracy, but there was this innefficiency in it - his massive jump seemed strenuous and out of place to his run up - most unlike bird, who has a supple and fluent action (reason for him being one of, if not the best quick in australia). All his pace was generated from his leap, and that leads to all kinds of injuries generally. Despite this, in the sheffield shield final and in SA, as a good sign for a prospect, he can still bowl very long and many spells.

    So good decision to alter it early, but still angry about how he played so many limited over matches before what should be the priority: FC and test matches. But i guess he and others wouldn't have forecasted this many injuries. Doubt he'll get as much pace back though.

  • venkatesh018 on May 10, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    "Going against everything I have been doing for the last 20 years and trying to do something different". To be frank these words are a little frightening if you are a Cummins fan. It looks like Cummins and the ACB are taking a huge gamble altering the natural action of a tearaway fast bowler.. Hope it comes off for the sake of the young kid.

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  • venkatesh018 on May 10, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    "Going against everything I have been doing for the last 20 years and trying to do something different". To be frank these words are a little frightening if you are a Cummins fan. It looks like Cummins and the ACB are taking a huge gamble altering the natural action of a tearaway fast bowler.. Hope it comes off for the sake of the young kid.

  • Mitty2 on May 10, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Overall a good decision by management. You could just tell that the reoccuring injuries weren't just due to youth as most say, but due to his action. He was quite obviously the best bowler in the test: bowling 145km/h, with bounce, swing and most importantly, with accuracy, but there was this innefficiency in it - his massive jump seemed strenuous and out of place to his run up - most unlike bird, who has a supple and fluent action (reason for him being one of, if not the best quick in australia). All his pace was generated from his leap, and that leads to all kinds of injuries generally. Despite this, in the sheffield shield final and in SA, as a good sign for a prospect, he can still bowl very long and many spells.

    So good decision to alter it early, but still angry about how he played so many limited over matches before what should be the priority: FC and test matches. But i guess he and others wouldn't have forecasted this many injuries. Doubt he'll get as much pace back though.

  • Teachers on May 10, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    I agree with you venkatesh018, this experiment could set the definition of taking raw talent and trying to make it better. Cricket Australia could either hang their hat on this new approach or regret it. Admittedly, most bowlers/batsmen need fine tuning to their natural skills, but in this case it appears to be a more drastic approach. For the sake of Australia, and more importantly Cummins, I hope it all works out.

  • Ozcricketwriter on May 10, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I disagree with him being the future of Australian bowling. He had one good test. That's it. At first class level he had 3 decidedly ordinary games before he was called up for that hunch. He might be good, but we can't decide that after 1 test. Let's wait until he has at least played 10 or 15 before making a decision. It is sad that he is injured; but, as so many have said, there are ample others to fill his boots. Even if Cummins was fit, I would put him below Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson anyway, and then there are the more experienced bowlers as well.

  • Thefakebook on May 10, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    I think he will be big star in future just keep him away from t20 and IPEELs!

  • FieryFerg on May 10, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    This would be the same Troy Cooley who almost ruined Jimmy Anderson by trying to 'fix' his natural action! Totally overrated as a bowling coach - he got the credit for England's 2005 Ashes attack when he had very little to do with the development of any of them. Much prefer the Saker approach - leave the biomechanics and work on tactics, routines, etc.

  • on May 10, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Don't do it Cummins, please don't. You will be like so many of us NZ quicks who had their actions tweaked and "streamlined" and ended up with more injuries than we would have had we not been "optimised". This is a bad idea, a dangerous one, and Australia will be risking a brilliant prospect in Cummins by doing this.

  • on May 10, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    To be honest the first time i saw him bowl I didn't like his action, it just didn't have the ferrari like smoothness of a Lee, Donald or Steyn, i'm pretty sure once he gets finished sorting through his action that he'll be an almighty handful. Hopefully he'll come back with a smoother action that also allows him to get in a bit closer to the stumps as well.

  • AKS286 on May 10, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Exciting but at age 18 he face long injury so it is better to debut him at age 24 if Aus want him to serve for long period. Australia always fails in talent management. England still don't debut Topley because of early age. Merchant De Lange is elder than these two but still not fully fit after mauling debut against SL.

  • Dashgar on May 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I've given up on Pat Cummins. When he gets himself fit he'll be a serious bonus but we already have Pattinson, Starc and Bird supporting Siddle (with the bonus of Harris) so he wouldn't have made this ashes even if he was fully fit. Those 3 players have been piling up wickets in domestic and international cricket for a while now. Cummins still only has one game to hang his hat on. He might have been the biggest prospect then but he isn't it now.