Australia news March 30, 2012

Pat Cummins begins comeback bid

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • RandyOZ on April 1, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @Hippiantor - well played sir, well played!

  • 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

  • Hippiantor on March 31, 2012, 0:28 GMT

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

  • 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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 13:39 GMT

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

  • Green_and_Gold on March 30, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I wouldnt want to be in an U19 tail!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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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