Australia news October 31, 2012

Cummins nurses sore back


Pat Cummins' young career may again be held up by injury as he awaits the results of scans on a sore back following his return from the Twenty20 Champions League in South Africa.

Though he arrived in Sydney hopeful of a cameo role on the final day of New South Wales' Sheffield Shield match against Queensland starting on Friday, Cummins was also nursing back discomfort following his exertions to help the Sydney Sixers win the CLT20 title.

He went on from the airport to have his back examined, also meeting with CA's physio Alex Kountouris. "Pat came back from Champions League T20 with some back soreness," a Cricket Australia spokesperson said. "He had preliminary scans today and is due to have further investigations over the next few days to establish a diagnosis."

While the scans may yet clear Cummins of any major problems, they are another unhappy episode in a year that has been beset by injury troubles since his compelling Test match debut against South Africa in Johannesburg a little less than a year ago.

Cummins was man of the match as Australia squeaked home by two wickets, but foot soreness that developed across the match turned out to be the early signs of a stress fracture, keeping Cummins out of the entire home summer. He next played for Australia on the ODI tour of England in June, but was promptly forced home by a side strain.

Having recovered from that injury, Cummins turned out for Australia on T20 duty in the UAE against Pakistan and the World T20 in Sri Lanka, bowling well in combination with the left-armer Mitchell Starc.

However his 19-year-old body remains clearly fragile, and will now be monitored extra closely by CA as they try to work out whether Cummins may still figure in Australia's home Test matches against South Africa and Sri Lanka.

"You want to play as much cricket as possible and it starts with the Shield and I haven't played Shield for close to 18 months now so I am chomping at the bit to get out there," Cummins said on his return home. "It's ok that is mapped out three or four months in advance but it does hurt when you are sitting on the sidelines and you feel relatively fit and there are other people playing."

Queensland had indicated their unhappiness at being made to wait to hear which players would be nominated as replacements for the Blues Australian representatives to be pulled out of the final day of their Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane. However the delay has been partly due to the wait for fitness reports on Cummins and also Brad Haddin, who nursed a wounded finger through the latter phases of the CLT20.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Andrew on November 3, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    @Hammond on (November 02 2012, 23:45 PM GMT) - just 4 overs into an FC game though!

  • Geoffrey on November 2, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    @ rickyvoncanterbury- Finn is fine, he doesn't collapse in a heap every time he plays in a T20 game.

  • richard on November 1, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @ Hammond... you forgot Finn India 3-0

  • Dru on November 1, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    I am afraid this is really bad news but the good thing is he is only 19. CA surely have to nurse him along and not rush him which could risk losing pace and a quality talent. Ironically SA are missing De lange who is also very young and talented. Thankfully both teams have a production line of quality fast bowlers.

  • Andrew on November 1, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    @RightArmEverything on (October 31 2012, 23:38 PM GMT) - ditto! I like his posts - but man he can rub people up the wrong way!

  • Geoffrey on November 1, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    And so the chocolate soldiers start to fall. 3-0 South Africa, their bowlers can handle 5 over stints at a time.

  • Matthew on October 31, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @hyclass, your comments are always interesting but your constant referral to your own previous posts has a kind of 'I told you so' stink which is only a distraction from the points you raise.

  • John on October 31, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Enough, no more queue jumping for this guy, he's beginning to sound more susceptible than Watson. Two years in shield cricket before considering him for tests again.

  • Andrew on October 31, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    @ ankit_barry on (October 31 2012, 10:40 AM GMT) - actually you can tell them what format to play - IF they are on a central contract. IF the player holds a central contract - he is effectively anemployee! It is then up to him - to do a Tait or Malinga & retire from Tests! @ jmcilhinney on (October 31 2012, 13:37 PM GMT) - the stop start nature of T20 TOURNAMENTS - (1 over spells), a game every couple of days - flights here & there (more so in BBL & IPL) - can have far more devasting effect than a Test match - with ONE proviso, the loading leading into the match is sufficient. I would like to think he is just sore from a long flight almost straight after a game?

  • disco on October 31, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    I might also add that since Clarke eschewed the T20 roadshow, he has surprised everyone with his performances including his captaincy and is on the verge of regaining the no.1 position in a surprisingly brief time. Would he have achieved that had he gone for the money available in T20. We shall never know but I'd guess it would be pretty unlikely. I do not deny that there are people who genuinely enjoy the T20 format and there's nothing wrong with that but there are genuine complaints to be made that are not 'cheap shots'

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