Australia news June 18, 2013

Pat Cummins to make comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pat Cummins, the Australia fast bowler, will play his first competitive match after nine months with a back injury for the Northern Ireland Cricket Academy on Wednesday.

Cummins was named as a non-playing member of the Australia A squad who have played four-day matches against Scotland and Ireland in the past two weeks.

The squad have travelled to Bristol to face Gloucestershire on Friday but Cummins will remain in Ireland to play for the NICA against MCC at Carrickfergus, just outside Belfast.

Forty-eight hours later he will switch colours to play for MCC against Ireland Under-19s, part of their preparations for the Under-19 World Cup qualifier in August.

Cummins has not played since October last year when he bowled four overs for 27 to help Sydney Sixers beat Lions in the Champions League final. During the tournament he complained of stiffness and on his return home was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back.

Cummins made his international debut aged just 18 on Australia's tour of South Africa in October 2011. His first, and to date only, Test at the Wanderers included 6 for 79 in the second innings, earning him the match award in a narrow Australian victory.

He has also impressed in five ODIs, including playing England at Lord's last year, and a successful World T20 in Sri Lanka where he claimed six wickets at 32.83 to help Australia to the semi-final.

Despite the understandable hype surrounding Cummins, his injury history has compelled Cricket Australia to take a conservative approach with him this time around, and he is unlikely to figure in international calculations for some time yet.

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  • Mark on June 21, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    @glance_to_leg - well said. I felt exactly the same way when Australia was destroying all comers for so long. It got quite boring and I was happy when they came back to the pack.... I just wish they didn't drop below the pack. I always like to see Australia win, but would rather it be a tight game/series rather than a one-sided flogging.

    That's why I think the 2005 Ashes was the best series (and not just ashes series) I've ever seen. A couple of decisions the other way (most notably Kaspa given out when it came off his glove, which was not on the bat) and it could easily have been an Aussie series win.

  • Prasanna on June 20, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @Mitty2, yes our bowling attack looks rosy, not a problem at all. But batting needs a lot of improvement . We can't have our bowlers defend 200-odd everytime. What about our batting line-up in 2 years time ? I have already discounted Clarke for all his back problems. Guys like Ussie , Silk , Burns and Doolan must step in and step-up. And wondering what sin Ferguson commited for him to be not part of these A tours.

  • chris on June 20, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    How rude to Australians these comments are. No Australians going to the Ashes tests? How about having some room at the grounds for those of us who travel? Yes I got in to an Ashes test in Headingly (when Gilchrist lead us to defeat) Apart from that I sat in the Long Room at Lords and watched us beat Pakistan. How often do English supporters not be able to gain access to a Test here??

  • Dam on June 20, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Fully fit Watson is just as effective as Freddie was. Watson can bowl 140+ and bowls with great control....he is a player that has a knack of getting wickets. And Flynn the point is the POMS have been owned in all forms by all teams for so long they have decades of hostility built up ...... it will be short lived as always.

    I'm backing they will choke in the final.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    It's pretty despicable to see the usual whingers out in force taking joy in someone else's serious sports injury. I haven't seen any posts around delighting in the recent injuries to Anderson, "Kevin" or Swann's surgery. You should all be disgusted with yourselves.

  • Robert on June 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Good luck to him - I hope his back is stronger than ever. It will of course need to be to carry what is a pretty weak side.

  • Rob on June 19, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Like a lot of these undoubtedly promising young Aussie quicks he seems to be made of glass, is there something wrong with the training/physio's surely this many serious injuries can't be normal. Stats are stats we have seen the reasoning between JA's relatively high average- I rate him the best English pace bowler since Willis myself, but like I have said before stats say Watto is a better bowler than Freddie, I rest my case your honor. I am hoping Clarke and Harris are fit for the Ashes as I want an even entertaining contest.

  • Patrick on June 19, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    I'd be interested in hearing from someone like former English Captain and respected fast bowler Bob Willis on his views on the Pat Cummins method of obtaining swing through the air in comparison to let's say Jimmy Andersen just for example. If any one has an insight into swing bowling, particularly with reference to an English player currently playing in England then surely it would be Bob wouldn't it????

  • Patrick on June 19, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Great to finally see a sensible approach to Pat's rehab, he & Aust can afford to play a long game, he has 16 years to get himself right for. I'm sure Brett Lee or Jason Gillespie would have loved to have had the knowledge we hace today about what express pace can do to a developing back. Pat has proven he has all the skills, just ask Jaque Kallis, he can take the next 3 years building to his next Test if it means he's fitter and in for the long run.

  • David on June 19, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    An excellent young bowler. The bulk of genuine England supporters wish him well, I am sure. A weak Australian team is no good for cricket. I would rather England lose in a tight series to the Australians, than steamroller a bunch of posing and flash young men with all the social graces of NRL players out on the lash. That said, it strikes me that there is no lack of native talent amongst the young Australian players (except perhaps in the spin department). There is clearly something amiss with the management that means that that talent is not better nurtured.