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Pat Cummins begins comeback bid

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March 30, 2012

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Pat Cummins appeals unsuccessfully for a wicket in his debut spell, South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 1st day, November 17, 2011
Pat Cummins hasn't played for Australia since his successful Test debut in South Africa © AFP
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Pat Cummins, the Australia fast bowler, will join the Under-19 squad for the quadrangular series in Townsville beginning next week, as he bids to return to the senior national team after a long injury lay-off due to a bone stress injury in his foot.

"Pat is at an advanced stage of his rehabilitation and we feel he will benefit from bowling in a competitive environment," CA physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. "He'll be on a restricted program and is being taken to Townsville so we can continue his progression and introduce some competition time.

"He won't play in every match or bowl his full allocation of overs, but will undertake a program that will allow us to carefully manage his involvement in the squad's training and matches."

Cummins, 18, made an outstanding start to his Test career in November 2011, when he took seven wickets and was Man of the Match on debut in Australia's victory over South Africa in Johannesburg. However, he hasn't played a match since then and was ruled out of Australia's entire home summer of internationals as well as the ongoing tour of the West Indies due to a heel injury.

The quadrangular series will be played by U-19 teams from Australia, England, India and New Zealand between April 5 and 15. It will be used as a warm-up up event ahead of the U-19 World Cup in Queensland in August.

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Posted by RandyOZ on (April 1, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

@Hippiantor - well played sir, well played!

Posted by dariuscorny on (March 31, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

@Steven Drake wow Australia struggling after Mcgrath retirement.Aus will never ever win a WC or wud be near to that team and@Hippiantor Aussie batting line up is agile one world's strongest 47 allout is fluke!!!!isn't it............lols

Posted by Hippiantor on (March 31, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur not as fragile as the Indian batting line-up!

Posted by sabee66 on (March 30, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

U-19 guys are not little kids, all the players comes from this cricket and they are normally capable of playing good fast bowling I remember Pakistan U-19 had 2 W's, and Shoaib at one stage and later 3 months they were playing international, Kohli came from there, Umer Akmal made his debut after U-19 world cup, It would be nice if Pak U-19 would be there as well but CUMMIN is a great bowler Australia,Pakistan,SA, never shortage of Fast bowlers

Posted by   on (March 30, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

hahahaam all the best cummins and guys he made hz debut in international carrier( senior team of nation) and then going to play U-19... great

(in AUS av SA i would love to see who wins)

pattison/helfinus/cummins/bret lee VS phelender/ morne morka l/ steyn/ de lenge

Posted by   on (March 30, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

omg u19 players be ready to face the music!!!

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (March 30, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

I wouldnt want to be in an U19 tail!

Posted by crikey on (March 30, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

@Rahulcricket007 , you are not secretly wishing this upon the lad are you? Have noticed a distinct dislike for anything australian in most of your comments. If this is true then this would be pretty low , even for you! There is no reason to think that this will be an ongoing problem for the rest of his career.

Posted by Claydo78 on (March 30, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

What's happens when cummins doesn't bowl well for the under 19's? Or breaks down again? This bloke shouldn't be near any national team, send him back to NSW and let the guy heal and get his body stronger. If this guy is such a talent, let him prove it by taking a bag full of wicket in shield cricket! Isn't that the reason why we have a domestic competition?

Posted by Marcio on (March 30, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

I few U-19 guys already packing several extra pairs of reinforced underwear into their kit bags, I'm sure ;-)

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