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Injured Cummins to have action assessed

Brydon Coverdale and Daniel Brettig

November 2, 2012

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Pat Cummins walks back to his mark, Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, June 26, 2012
Another serious injury has sidelined Pat Cummins © Getty Images

Pat Cummins has revealed he was booked into the Australian Institute of Sport to have his bowling action examined for signs that it had contributed to his injury-ridden year before the back stress fracture that has blocked him out of a second home summer in a row.

Cummins, 19, is expected to miss nearly all of the 2012-13 season due to a stress fracture in his lower back. The diagnosis means Cummins will not be part of the Test series against South Africa or Sri Lanka, and almost certainly will not be considered for the Test tour of India in February, while his possible involvement in the Ashes tour of England might depend on whether he is able to play any first-class cricket before then.

On his return to Sydney from Melbourne where examinations confirmed the fracture, Cummins said there had been plans afoot for some time to have his action assessed scientifically. He also admitted that the surfeit of Twenty20 cricket he had played in the UAE, Sri Lanka and South Africa in recent weeks had allowed bad habits to creep into his technique.

The back stress fracture means the aforementioned AIS appointment will not be taken up while Cummins rests, but it is understood that analysis is likely to begin with pre-existing video footage.

"We were talking about going down to the AIS, we were already booked in to have a look at my action while we had time. We'd been planning to do it for a while, just to see what it came up with," Cummins said. "One thing I noticed was I might've been falling away a bit more than say a year ago. When I'm bowling with a red ball I try to swing it and when I'm swinging the ball everything's going well.

"But when you're bowling cross seamers with a white ball you kind of fall into bad habits maybe."

The most recent first-class match Cummins played was his Test debut last November in Johannesburg, where he collected seven wickets and was Man of the Match. Australia's selectors had hoped he would be available for the third Test against South Africa at the WACA, but scans in Melbourne this week confirmed that he would be out of the equation for an extended period.

Cummins had back soreness during the Champions League Twenty20 but kept playing, including in the Sydney Sixers' victory in the final. That might have seemed a risky course of action given his injury history, but Australia's team physio Alex Kountouris said the niggle at the Champions League did not appear a major issue.

"He had a little bit of back pain towards the back end of the Champions League, which wasn't a big concern," Kountouris said. "He played all the games and was training and was functioning okay. But because of his age and his history we decided to investigate it and unfortunately he's got an early stage stress fracture of his spine, which is disappointing.

"The good news is we've got it nice and early, because we have had a high index of suspicion with him. Now we're going to manage it early and expect to get a good outcome from it. He's now going to start his rehab. We do expect him to miss most of the season, if not all of it. But he will come back and he'll be fine once he gets back in to playing cricket again.

"Pat had a spine bone stress injury a few years ago but the current injury is new and in an entirely different part of the spine. We expect he will recover fully from this injury and will be closely monitored to determine his return to the playing field, but expect that he will miss most of the 2012-13 domestic cricket season."

As far as his management is concerned, Cummins said there was nothing he would have changed about the past few months, as he recovered from a side strain he picked up in England to play a series of T20 matches. However the latest setback is sure to cause another round of thinking about how Cummins should be handled.

"I've got to sit down with the people that manage me and give them my thoughts as well," Cummins said. "It's a group effort. I probably wouldn't have changed anything from the last few months. I thought I was bowling enough and not bowling too much. I got through 20 games in the last few months so it was playing every two or three days.

"The one thing with all young people is they're more susceptible with injuries, you can't really be too wrapped up in trying to pick and choose. If you're ready to go you've got to go out there and play, and if you get injured that's just what happens. It's what's on the schedule, so looking forward if it's not the end of this summer hopefully the Champions Trophy in England and obviously the Ashes is a major goal. Certainly not ruled that out yet, hopefully I'll be right for them."

Cummins missed most of last summer due to a foot injury and has managed only four first-class matches - including his Test debut - in his short career. He also suffered a side strain during the one-day tour of England this year and was sent home mid-series.

His latest injury means Australia will have one less bowler to rotate through the Test attack this summer, which could mean a heavier workload for James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc. Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus are the mature-bodied fast bowlers in the group, while there remains a chance of Ryan Harris recovering from injury in time for the series against Sri Lanka.

Brydon Coverdale and Daniel Brettig are assistant editors at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by Meety on (November 4, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

@Neil Robinson - great comment. In particular, I think one over spells are not a good thing for a big pace bowler. The constant limited over tournaments are meaning the bowlers aren't getting the loading into the legs.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

>>PACERONE Yes, you're correct in part about the bowlers of old. But a couple of things - they had a good long rest between seasons - not jumping into planes and zooming round the world every fortnight for another meaningless 'trophy'. They built up stamina etc. Plus - let's not forget they had very different body shapes. Trueman was only 5 foot 10 inches I think with a definite bowlers's backside. Not over 6 ft 3 inches with a glass back. It's difficult. But this thing about T20 / one day cricket is the problem. They can't warm up etc properly to bowl 1 or 2 overs. Plus the strain of changing an action to hold back for a slower ball all the time creates even more of an issue. As said - a season off - then grade / state cricket for another full year - he'll only be 21 then, with hopefully a body capable of managing. All true cricket lovers wish him well

Posted by Meety on (November 3, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

@VillageBlacksmith on (November 03 2012, 01:13 AM GMT) - what did Smith just get against the Saffas?

Posted by MattyP1979 on (November 3, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Feel sorry for the young man shows alot of promise. However questions must be asked of why CA are rushing youngsters into the spotlight so quickly. I know batting/bowling stocks are thin as a waffer, with 2 pensioners keeping the talent at bay, but if this is indeed a time for rebuild they need to do it better. Cricket needs a better Aus than what we are being shown.

Posted by 07sanjeewakaru on (November 3, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

This is very sad.Genuine fast bowler with a cherry will be a Ancient cite very near future.Protect Pattinson,I saw him try to save a single run in a t20 in Dubai on the boundary falling awkwardly hitting back.He was very lucky I suppose.Not even a catch.Taking that amount of risk for saving One run in a t20.Ridiculous!

Posted by hhillbumper on (November 3, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

It is always sad to see a young player get injured but you do have to wonder why he is playing 20 20.He should play first class cricket and build himself up.

The Aussies are very quick to promote their great fast bowling reserves but they aren't much use if they spend their time in the changing room and not on the park

Posted by voice_of_reason on (November 3, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

The main issue with quicks is being able to bowl with an appropriate repeatable action. Out and out pace bowlers put massive strain on their bodies but can go some way to alleviating it by having an action which minimises that and is repeatable. This is something which is learnt as a youngster and honed through the teenage years. It is probably not until the age of 23-25 that it is completely repeatable every ball (and the body is fully developed). One and two over spells playing T20 probably don't help but bowling overs in the nets will get you there if you're not playing. The trend for picking quick bowlers whilst still teenagers, like Cummins and Finn, is bound to put strain on their still developing bodies. McGrath had an action which was repeated ball after ball after ball after .....He didn't have the pace but he went on forever.

Posted by stormy16 on (November 3, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

This is bad news I am afraid - remodelling action will usually mean loss of pace and something special becomes average. This guy bat as well so he could be a quality player and still could but this is really bad news.

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (November 3, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Has he already become the Shane Bond of aussies? I think even Bond did better than Cummins...

Posted by Meety on (November 3, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

@jb633 - the annoying thing here is, there has been a big drive thru the Performance Mgr - Pat Howard to get on top of all these injuries & in this instance there appears to be a break down in communication between Cric Oz & the Sixers. Not good. Whilst injuries have always been an issue for pace bowlers, it's hard not to think it is increasing. IMO - the increase (maybe in Cummins case) is that in T20s, you can often bowl one over spells. There is not really enough time for appropriate stretching & warming up. Coupled with the amount of one match today - another in two or three days - doesn't build up the loading/endurance. The irony is - he was on the verge of seeing a biomechanics expert when he came back!

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (November 3, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

Factor in Harris out injured again, s piddle just back from injury, patto just back from injury and no wkts in eng, cummo out for the season, hilfy one wicket last ashes, ponting on a zimmer frame with his zimmer racing partner hussey and it's a bleak old time for the aussies esp with cowan, expect 3 down again for not much like all last season... even vs NZ!! Is the future of aussie cricket really people like s smith?? hope so!

Posted by Hammond on (November 2, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

They don't bowl enough at younger ages. This stupid CA over limit on bowlers under 18 is just producing a bunch of paper hats. Ask DK Lillee what it takes to be a young fast bowler, and it certainly isn't a miniscule daily over limit. How do you condition a fast bowler to bowl 30 plus overs a day in test cricket when they have never bowled anywhere near that by the time that they play test cricket?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

Youngsters should be encouraged to bowl line and length before speed. Look at what Glen McGrath did bowling at 80 mph. One of the best in the world. Injuries come about because people like Haddin want kids to 'bowl fast'. Sorry but not the best advice to naturally talented cricketers who have their careers cut short because of T20 success. By the way - T20 should be banned from cricket. What a joke.

Posted by torsha on (November 2, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

I had that doubt when he was bowling in champions league.

Posted by PACERONE on (November 2, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Fiery Fred and WW Hall and fast bowlers of that era must be laughing.They could bowl for hours and not get injured.These guys spend too much time in gyms instead of bowling to strengthen the areas that need strengthening to bowl fast consistently.

Posted by funkyandy on (November 2, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

This has got to be sorted - Cummins is the most exciting fast bowling talent since the emergence of Mohammad Amir. Please dont slow him down - plenty can bowl at 80mph, but his speed is a great, natural talent. Sort it out CA - these kinds of cricketers don't grow on trees!

Posted by subbass on (November 2, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

I guess us 'Poms' have our very own version of Pat Cummin's in Chris Tremlett. The only defence for all these bowling 'crocks' is that fast bowling is such a stressful thing to do with ones body, especially if you have a big wind up action like Cummins has. IMO he will have to remodel his action or he is just going to be constantly breaking down. If you watch his action it is a real leap up, then put absolutely everything into the delivery. Much as I wish him a speedy recovery I'd be quite happy if it was AFTER the 2013 Ashes series, that way we should certainly get the 5-0 we are after. Steve Finn has a good action as he more just runs through the crease, without the huge leap up. Despite this he still manages to bowl well over 90mph. Yes I know Finn is injured but it is minor, nothing serious. Interestingly Jimmy Anderson started off as a quick bowler and after a stress fracture, he changed his action slightly and then became the best swing bowler in the world.

Posted by timohyj on (November 2, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

this guy is in the wrong career. Every time he plays more than 1 match in a row he gets injured. Maybe he should take up golf it's not so stressful

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 2, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

An overrated player in my mind his stats don't really back that up. Steven Finn is far more talented than him.

Posted by Green_seamer on (November 2, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

The first good thing to happen to a career of a fast bowler is when his bowling action makes peace with his body. But the problem is that bowlers develope an action in a very young age, which is why some bowlers who's body is happy with their bowling action break down less than others. Pat cummins has a very violent looking action & concentrates on pace even though he doesn't even look like a proper fast bowler. Guys like James Pattinson , Mitchelle Starc , Umesh Yadav , Dale Steyn & Morne Morkel not only have simple bowling actions which suite their bodies , but also they have pretty strong bodies which can take some pounding on their legs & ankles. These kind of bodies can be obtained by having a good diet , by doing the right kind of excercises

Posted by lazysnoopy787 on (November 2, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

The good thing about Cummins is that he is only 19 and it allows him the opportunity to work on his bowling action in the AIS in order to minimise the chance of further injury sometime down the future. I think the fame of 'that Test' has also gotten into his head and pressure him to bowl with a wrong action in order to get good bowling figures, resulting in put extra pressure in the spine and that leads to further injury.

Posted by mrmonty on (November 2, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

SA'ffers must be breathing easy. What a shame! I wonder if Cummins was too skinny for his pace?

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 2, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

I am so sad to see my favorite Aussie pace bowler suffer from non stop injuries. What a tragedy. Seems he may take at least another 3 years to be fit to play non stop cricket. Or not sure if Cummo is rather like Watson who was pretty injury prone in the early years. I wish Cummins a speedy recovery (from a Sri Lankan fan)!

Posted by subbass on (November 2, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Has Cummin's ever been fit ? I honestly think the answer to this is no.

Posted by Aussasinator on (November 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

I predicted this thing about Cummins a couple of months ago. Mitchell Starc is next. And very soon too.

Posted by jb633 on (November 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

@Meety- yeah I agree this is certainly no Aussie thing but a global problem. Look at the number of fast bowlers who have careers plagued by injury, Broad, Finn, Harris, Cummins, Tait, Malinga, De Lange, Shoiab Aktar, Flintoff and there are many more. Unfortunatley the nature of the art is always going to put huge strains upon the body and some bodies cope with it less well than others. Obviously the strength and conditioning, dieting etc can help to reduce risk but the risk of injury will always be there. Personally I do not think to much blame can be attached to the individual as everyone has their own bowling action and it is almost impossible to coach this out of kids. The problem is that kids are going to develop their own actions based on what feels comfortable for them and at the age of 8/9 without thinking about injury. Coaches will not say anything about actions if the quickie is getting good results. People will only jump in when injury has already occurred.

Posted by RagTagTeam on (November 2, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

I'm guessing he'll be out for 4 months to give the stress fracture 6-8 weeks healing then 2 months of conditioning. He's going to need to strengthen muscularly to stop these niggles and slowly build up conditioning rather than going out and bowling at 90+ mph until his body fails. Better to invest now, and by the time he's 22-23 he'll be a better bowler and tough as nails.

Posted by reddawn1975 on (November 2, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Maybe another suggestion we are coming into our summer and he's over playing in yet another the T20 champs get him out of that.He should have been preparing for the Australian cricket teams summer Watson was called home so should most of the Aussie players country first money second?

Posted by Marcio on (November 2, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

@Mac Mason, appreciate McGrath all you like. But he didn't play a test till he was 25 years old. Therein lies the difference. @Selassi-I, how many games did Amir play!? Less than 20 all up at first class/international level, I'll bet.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Pat Cummins- the new Bruce Reid?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

I think fast bowlers needs to be kept by cricket boards in a well planned manner so they will not consumed too quickly. nowadays, cricket is everywhere. We have TEsts, ODIs, T20s, then our own country's Domestic season with Tests and T20 leagues played there. Then comes county cricket in England, Then Big Bash in Aus, IPL in IND, BPL and SLPL, then CL, etc. Every player wants to participate in all of these in a single year. So what will be left in him specially for a fast bowler. These injuries will then become so common.

Posted by Agnihothra on (November 2, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

"The one thing with all young people is they're more susceptible with injuries, you can't really be too wrapped up in trying to pick and choose. If you're ready to go you've got to go out there and play, and if you get injured that's just what happens. It's what's on the schedule, so looking forward if it's not the end of this summer hopefully the Champions Trophy in England and obviously the Ashes is a major goal. Certainly not ruled that out yet, hopefully I'll be right for them." ------------- From all that Pat Cummins peers and Auss team mates have said about him one point was striking.. that Cummins is mature beyond his years.. the passage above just confirms that..

Posted by raghavan88 on (November 2, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Maybe Dennis Lillie was right that young bowlers these days don't bowl enough overs and have soft core tissues.In the olden days most fast bowlers like Wasim,Waqar,Donald,McDermott and Lillie suffered severe bone breakage and ligament tears but were able to play a number of Test matches.Kapil Dev,India's greatest fast bowler played 131 of India's 132 tests in his career without a single injury. I repeat"Till Cummins builds enough muscle and plays a lot of 4 day cricket do not pick him again for Australia".

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

There's an obvious pattern developing with this kid. Sorry to say, but I would cut my losses NOW. Dump him and stop spending CA money and resources on him. IF he can get back on the paddock for 2 or 3 FULL consecutive seasons, then, and only then would I have another look at him. Like MEETY, I also have increased appreciation for guys like McGrath :)

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Great shame. Was looking forward to a full summer of Cummins / Pattison next year. Lots of good sense being talked - need to build up young body. However, money talks, and the lure of IPL(Big Bash, CLT, BPL etc etc) cash is probably too much. To me - a grumpy old traditionalist I want to see 20 overs per day of quality fast bowling from him over the next ten years. On the bright side - does this mean that English batsmen can look forward to the return of 'He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, Mitchell Johnson, he's bowling ..........@

Posted by disco_bob on (November 2, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

The way that bones work is that the body/bones can sense stress and the body lays down more bone where it's needed. That would indicate that he should be playing less intense but more regular cricket for quite some time.

Posted by Beertjie on (November 2, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

@Emancipator007 on (November 02 2012, 06:24 AM GMT) I shared your "dream of seeing Pattinson, Cummins, Harris and Starc as a varied 4-pack pace attack steaming in at 90 + mph at Perth and Brisbane" next year, but I now agree that Cummins needs to play at a lower level and build for the sake of both his and Oz's future. Get the action modified and let your body tell you when you're ready. CA needs to support him to implement the correct strategy and not try to get him on the park asap. My new year wish is that the other three get managed properly so that they play a meaningful part in test cricket. Just because there seems to be great back up doesn't mean sacrificing quicks.

Posted by on (November 2, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

no doubt a fantastic talent , but is he another Shane bond in the making ?? would be a shame because no matter which country we are, there is nothing more exciting in cricket than a genuine FAST bowler and this guy is one among them..

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (November 2, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

CA should look at how SA board handles Steyn..Cummins career has just began and needs to be managed properly

Posted by Stark62 on (November 2, 2012, 9:55 GMT)


Injuries aren't dependent on the age (some cases they are) but rather the personnel's body!!

Amir was around the age of 17 or so, when he debuted but didn't have any injury, plus he played a lot on sub-continent pitches.

Posted by MegaSix on (November 2, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

If at age of 19 he is failing time & again for stress related injuries, it certainly means his body is not able to cope up with the work. he should really consider other less stressful profession while still young.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

with so much cricket no a days , i think that after 10 years we will be able to see fast bowlers only in museums lol , cricket will be played only with spinners n medium pacers

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 2, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Shame for Australia this young talent is slipping away throgh injury, shame on you CA for pushing him into international cricket at 18 years old. I know that the cupboard is bare for fast bowlers but they should be thinking of this young lads future and the future of the team and stop expecting instant results, it takes time to build.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

T20 is not the really matter of the injuries.the matter is the way you handled your body and the bowling action.if you are trying to crush your back on the delivery point to get something extra then this will come often as the result.look at Ian Bishop ,brett schultz,jeff alott,they all express in the speed but not smooth as Allan donald or cortney walsh or ambross or kapil dev. My concern is the action you bowled,not the speed or the swing you generated out of it.After all every fast bowlers tend to get injuries time to time.but with proper rest only you can be on the safe side.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

I just shake my head at the response from Kountouris. Hope he is not out too long. People will also note that Kemar Roach and Steven Finn were also put on the injury list this week, not a good one for quick bowling fans.

Posted by pratit on (November 2, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Such a shame. I hope whatever ails him is rectified. Otherwise we will be deprived of a champion fast bowler

Posted by EngineerKhan on (November 2, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

After seeing these "fragile" bowlers, I really want to salute Shoaib Akhtar, despite all the injuries, politics, controversies - he still managed to terrify the batsmen all around the bowler for more than a decade. Some achievement. Just thinking of Shoaib Akhtar used to terrify the opposition camps. We had Tait, Lee, Morkel, Cummins, Bond etc but noone had the terror and legacy of him. Even in 2011 world cup, Akhtar managed to bowl in excess of 150kph on Sri Lankan pitches (they assist swing sometimes, but not the pace at all). I can comfortably say that with Shoaib retired, fast bowling has died. RIP Fast Bowling..I wish time would come back where pitches would be very quick, so would be outfield, boundaries should be short. Then cricket will get really thrilling. Shame to see every team depending upon spinners now. Even Pakistan managed to get 18 overs from spinners out of 20 against Australia....Agony!!

Posted by bobagorof on (November 2, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

If catching it early means he's out for 4 months, I'd hate to see what would happen if they caught it late. Wouldn't it be possible to do the AIS test to examine his action and then rest? That way, his coach could work on any tweaks required to reduce the stress his action puts on him, and he could incorporate it into his rehabilitation rather than continuing with the same action that causes him to break down.

Posted by dariuscorny on (November 2, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Varun Aaron,Merchant De Lange,Cummins,Finn are all the unfortunate members from the stress fracture injury list.this is not at all good,it must be either i hv started paying more attention towards player fitness or these injuries have now become more common or to say inevitable for the speed merchants.there was Shoaib,who too after being severly unfit was able to play more matches than these guys after all the facilities they get these days,the problem lies here,where all the current crop of speedsters try to sweat in the gyms when they need to be at the ground to make their body strong in better way

Posted by hyclass on (November 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

@Gilly4ever...what a loss Bishop was. He certainly showed amazing promise but injuries were his constant companion. Every time he was fit, his outswing, bounce and pace were likely to take wickets. He's now morphed into a very insightful and entertaining commentator. Cummins is an entirely different proposition and should never have been selected for Test cricket. He was injured in the Shield final, playing only his 3rd four day game. No-one who had any regard for his long term well being would have selected him for a 5 day game. Clarke isn't to blame. He has to use what he is given. You cant play ten men against the mighty SA side at home and expect to win. Everyone has to give their all.The physio should have been dismissed after the Argus Review. His injury record is a record in itself. Bowlers develop other injuries while trying to avoid existing ones. He will be well aware of it. This has continued to happen because Cummins was far too young and played too little cricket for Tests

Posted by c3vzn on (November 2, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

I'm no expert on bowling actions but he seem have a less flowing action than Brett Lee who himself got injured many times but still managed to play a lot of matches. The way Pat jumps so high and jerks his action is similar to Shane Bond and we all know how that turned out.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (November 2, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

O god, there you go again. There goes my dream of seeing Pattinson, Cummins, Harris and Starc as a varied 4-pack pace attack steaming in at 90 + mph at Perth and Brisbane, browbeating batsmen into submission a la the Caribbean quicks of yore. Imran was the only bowler who could sustain extreme pace over a longer period in the '80s. (Holding, Marshall,Thommo had short-period extreme pace runs). Waqar and Donald too bowled quick for a 5 year run max (though Donald missed out on his early '20s playing Tests cos of SA ban). Akthar and Lee at least bowled flat out 90 plus all thru careers, injury, sprains or not. Bond, the consummate fast bowler basically succumbed to his body's travails. I agree with some of the posters;too much conditioning and management (look at the rest periods Tait used to have but just could not be a "marathon" horse in Tests).Akthar during his last comeback was bowling at 90 mph with sheer willpower and passion despite a creaking body.

Posted by Simoc on (November 2, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Agreed Gilly. Keep him to T20 cricket until he can handle that, then max him out at 12 overs a day. Many fast and some slow bowlers are over bowled by ignorant captains. Shane Warne was bowled into retirement by Ponting. 30+ overs in a day for a 30+ age. They can do it but the recovery is slow. Fast bowlers also need to do the grind on a near daily basis so their bodies adapt to it. It seems Cummins bowling action and his body don't like each other. Seems the medics are underperforming.

Posted by hris on (November 2, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

all the people saying starc looks fit and all, need to know that he also struggled with injuries when he was 19-20. so did hazlewood who was out for nearly a year with back stress fractures. things like these happen. he's just a kid. steyn didnt play for sa till he was 21 and was pretty ordinary for the first 3 or so years. im not saying hes gonna be as good as that, but like i said, he's still very young with plenty of time. so just calm down

Posted by V-Man_ on (November 2, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

not really surprised. and people stop blaming t20. he didnt get injured cos of t20. if you really wanna balme, blame the junior structure and rules in australia. u16s cant bowl more than certain amount of overs in day. u18s can bowl certain overs in an spell then have to wait double that time before they can bowl again. it is a joke. no wonder these young bowlers are breaking down. How often Mcgrath, lee or Lillie brooke down like that. they didnt have those rules when they played junior cricket. you use certain muscles when you bowl and you cant build them or make them stronger by weight lifting. you just need to bowl.

Posted by HatsforBats on (November 2, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

So a young player with a previous stress fracture to the spine complains of back soreness, and the Aus physio (in all his wisdom) decides it's nothing to be concerned about?! What an absolutely moronic and professionally irresponsible decision! Rather than repeatedly rushing Cummins back into high intensity short-form cricket as soon as he is 'fit', maybe he can be reintroduced to grade cricket and sheffield shield where he gain more experience and develop his body for the strength and endurance required for FC cricket by bowling longer spells over a series of days? What a crazy idea. Cummins should now find himself well down the list behind Starc, McDermott, Faulkner, NCN, Cutting, Bird, Hazelwood

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (November 2, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Australias physio deals with more breakdowns than the RAC

Posted by chicko1983 on (November 2, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

When Glenn McGrath was 19, he trained once a week and played once a week. Cummins is being overbowled. Let him finish growing and then get the overs under his belt.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 2, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

just to add on from my comment. obviously starc and hazlewood are next in line

Posted by freo75 on (November 2, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

The bloke has played about 4 first class matches in his life - I'm not entirely sure what all the fuss and hype is about anyway. I didnt realise the Australian talent pool was so shallow!

Posted by anver777 on (November 2, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Another blow for this young talented bowler.... desperate for a come back in longer version, but injuries really denying him. Aus should manage this lad carefully, like SA is managing Steyn !!!!!

Posted by disco_bob on (November 2, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

ZenB, yeah it was the back fractures I was alluding to. T20 is such a new sport and while the bowlers are limited to 4 over a game it's a lot more than that. The stop start nature has already been alluded to but being so new there really have not been any long term biomechanics analyses done.

It might be a particularly bad format for particular players. I don't know if it has dawned on anyone yet to do the more serious study that this form needs, especially if we are going to be so gung ho about letting our young contracted charges go without any proper supervision.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

I am not understanding this workload management nonsense. Top 4 available bowlers should play all tests. Thats how it used to be and thats how it has been always.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 2, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Injuries happen in accordance with the body structure and make up. I feel Cummins is of the type who will never be able to fulfill people's expectations because of being on the injured list than the playing one. Bowlers are more injury prone these days possibly because of training in the gyms which I have always felt is not the right way to go. Joel "The Big Bird" Garner used to run daily for 2 hours and then bowl for four hours daily. The man never broke down. It is more or less the same with most of the West Indian fast bowlers. Maybe that is what should be done by the Cummins and Aarons of this day. That apart, I have always felt that the Captains luck leads to many things apart from the toss and his own form. Team members get isnjured or lose form. Future great players make their debuts and such other things. Clarke has been labelled an instinctive captain by the media. I would like to see what he does and how he does when his team suffers in the manner aforementioned.

Posted by Mervo on (November 2, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

Play Shield cricket and keep way from the T20 stuff! Only a few overs in each game, but it is full on and the silly game goes on for almost 9 months of the year with the gambling and advertising money around.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Cummins looks a bit scrawny. Maybe it wood not be a bad idea for him to move to Jamaica, eat some solid Trelawny Yellow yam & other Jamaican food while training with Usain Bolt's sprinting coach Glen Mills track could help him built the stamina he needs for fast bowling. Bolt was also scrawny & injury at Cummin's age.

Posted by mfmfaiq on (November 2, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Oh!! Crazy!! What a Great Prospect for Cricket..Really Shame on Overdose T20's!!

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (November 2, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

It was going to take long....He and Pattinson have poor fitness levels and let me remind you they aren't the only one's who have played cricket at such a young age....

Posted by OttawaRocks on (November 2, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

Stress fractures are a bad deal. This kid might get better but he won't be having a very long career. It will be spotty from now on although not wishing ill health to him.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 2, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

@RoJayao I was there at SCG (Vs Pakistan '72/3) when Dennis Lillee DID bowl with a broken back. (what does anyone who remembers his career truly think his GREATEST moment was ? - the doctors had said he may never walk again, but he took the new ball !) Sad news ! This boy already reminding me of Bruce Reid :(

Posted by zenboomerang on (November 2, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

If ever a bowler needed to get a couple of Shield seasons under his belt, then it is definitely Cummins...

Posted by zenboomerang on (November 2, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

@jonesy2... Actually think the glass is overflowing atm... lol...

Posted by zenboomerang on (November 2, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

@disco_bob... Its actually the problem with high altitude flying that can exacerbate old & new injuries as football codes have shown in the past - though I guess you are rightly saying that back fractures are a different kettle of fish... Re: the seats - depends on whether you go 1st class or economy - there really is a big difference, especially if you are tall...

Posted by tanstell87 on (November 2, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Varun Aaron has similar problems....Finn also broke down after bowling 4 overs here in India...Cummins has been injured on qiute a few occasions...this days fast bowlers cant handle rigours of international cricket.

Posted by Liquefierrrr on (November 2, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

For the dramatic posters on here, writing his entire career off before he turns 20, just think back to Shane Watson. He broke down and was injured more than he was fit for most of his early 20s. This kid is still growing, and this workload is affecting him accordingly. I do not deny the fact he is injury-prone presently, but I think it's far too early to say his career is over. I don't think he'll Bruce Reid his way through his career. @Freo75 - fair point, I believe that, since we've been through some dark times in the last 5 years or so, they are extra careful with this current crop of young, talented pacemen. They make their decisions conservatively, with one eye firmly affixed to the future. Gives more opportunity for Starc and Pattinson to get some further exposure. Sad for Pat, come good soon mate.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

I think after Shoaib,Styen, Lee, Morkel, Tait, and Bond, he is the only genuine quick bowler that the world will be scared about ........but oh my injury is killing that bloke.

Posted by Dashgar on (November 2, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Time to put a line through this guys name until he can prove he can stay fit for extended periods of time. Not just 3 games in a row or a whole tournament. An extended period is a year or two. Other bowlers have had niggles that need managing but Cummins breaks down for years at a time. He's quickly turning into the next Shaun Tait, Australia should focus their attention on players who are up to the demands of the sport. I'm not saying the guy should give up but it should be up to New South Wales to get this guy playing regular cricket, he should be off the international radar now.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (November 2, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

clarke bowled him too much a year ago (mind u he had no choice the others were geting carted) and cummo cd not handle it, even a year later... and patto who cd not take a wicket in eng also too fragile, and watto is just waiting to break down... cupboard empty for the glass jawed aussies... o no, hang on they've got ronald macdonald!

Posted by RoJayao on (November 2, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Fair dinkum that's a terrible story. But to those people ready to write him off, the kid is 19, NINETEEN, this sort of stuff happens to most fast bowlers before their bodies mature, don't you anything about cricket??! Even the great D.K. Lillee didn't play through a stress fracture, or a "bit of pain", as you put it freo75, you tool! Simply should not have been playing T20 away from the Aussie physios and doctors to watch him, or at all. Plenty of time at the end of a career to work on your super annuation kid. In fact I'd like a rule brought in where no one under 30 can play T20 cricket, at least under 25 anyway! Better yet, kill off T20 for good, or leave it in India where it belongs!

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 2, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

Reminds me of Ian Bishop - possibly the greatest fast bowler West Indies ever produced - yet barely played a match. Pat Cummins might be heading down the same path. He might need to do what Shaun Tait did and just stick with T20s, at least until he is fit enough to be able to handle the longer version.

Posted by Wiggers on (November 2, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

they need to ,imit the amount of T20 the younger guys are playing. They are getting used to bowling on 4 overs in a match and when they try to bowl more, they get badly injured and a put on the sideline for more weeks. Also, they need to remove the bowling restrictions in mens cricket for younger playing in NSW as the bowlers are not used to bowling spells longer than 6-10 overs and days longer than 20. It is not beneficial to the younger cricketers in First Class cricket.

Posted by Meety on (November 2, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

@freo75 - just bear in mind Finn is/was injured after 4 overs in India, & de Lange didn't make the Oz tour for Sth Africa. So its not purely an Ozzy issue - although I do believe we are running at unacceptable levels. Makes me appreciate Geln McGrath even more! == == == I think this clearly rules Cummins out of the next Ashes. I would like to rule him out of all short form matches & play him (like Siddle) as a Shield specialist in the lead up to the home Ashes. If he is good enuff, then maybe consider him as back up for the Ashes. During Dec/Jan BBL window next year- I'd rule him out of the BBL & only play Future League. == == == How dissappointing? Really seems like dejavu - return from Saffa-land (check), prior to Test series (check), sore (check), season ending diagnosis (check)!

Posted by Indianpunjabi on (November 2, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

Cool...He is Saved from Getting Thrashed again and again ..Overrated Bowler...Mediocre Pakistani batsman even thrashed him in t20 series and in t20 wc

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

This guys career is over. His body simply cant handle bowling

Posted by mohammmad_303 on (November 2, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

hi is so young but unfortunately getting with injuries i think that most of his carrier will be finished with injuries hope he comes back hard and doeswell iin th ashes i think this series is going to be tough but at end of the day the better will win

Posted by Dangertroy on (November 2, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Sigh... He is going to be the next Shaun tait. Incredible speed, but breaking down constantly.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 2, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

well its devestating but cricket australia's sport scientists needs to start doing their jobs basically. sad for cricket. but in the long run he will get over these stress injuries the more he plays etc just like peter siddle, remember siddle broke his back not so long ago. luckily there is no issue with depth and it gives a great chance for a jackson bird, ben cutting, nathan coulter-nile, james faulkner, al mcdermott to be in test match contention. glass half full guys.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 2, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

Looks like we can rule out the bad aeroplane seat hypothesis. That is unless they really are that bad.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

That's what you get for playing too much T20 you need to pick specialists squads having him playing the games for the sixers and australia was always going to end bad. Whilst someone like McKay sits on the bench

Posted by Micgyver on (November 2, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

Poor guy just cant catch a break.Unfornutely with his young age and the stress he puts on his body through his bowling action, we may not see the best of him for a good 3/4 years.

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 2, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

What a pity. Played in couple of T20 tournaments and then again back to hutch. As far as i saw in recent times, Starc looks more steadier and more threatening bowler than Cummins. So he wouldn't be missed that much i think.

Posted by freo75 on (November 2, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

Feel sorry for the lad but what is going on with this generation of Aussie quicks? I dont know if its they are too mollycoddled or do they lack the mental strength to play through a bit of pain? You dont see the English or South Africans breaking down every 5 minutes.

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