Australia news June 18, 2013

Pat Cummins to make comeback

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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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  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | June 19, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    This is one of the sad stories of injuries and its impact and there have been many before him and no doubt more to come but Cummins looked special. I only hope by the time he is ready that is body would not have lost the pace and control this guy showed as a 18 year old.

  • POSTED BY Someguy 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.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter 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.

  • POSTED BY craig_8022 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??

  • POSTED BY thedoctors 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut 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.

  • POSTED BY Happy_hamster 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.

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back 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????

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back 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.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | June 19, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    This is one of the sad stories of injuries and its impact and there have been many before him and no doubt more to come but Cummins looked special. I only hope by the time he is ready that is body would not have lost the pace and control this guy showed as a 18 year old.

  • POSTED BY Someguy 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.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter 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.

  • POSTED BY craig_8022 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??

  • POSTED BY thedoctors 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut 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.

  • POSTED BY Happy_hamster 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.

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back 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????

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back 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.

  • POSTED BY glance_to_leg 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.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | June 19, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @FFL, if he averaged 16 against SA and was unlucky to not have taken more - a team at least four times your quality - just imagine what he would do to the English line up. Good joke, though. But don't worry, those averages of 46 and 82 meant absolutely nothing, as well as a career average of above 30, lol!

    Good luck to Cummings, in two years I'd envision an attack of Pattinson, Cummings, Bird and Lyon to be our best, and be very good at that, it would be great to see him not lose any pace, although that almost definitely won't happen. The history of changing actions isn't exactly good. Anyway, wonder how he'll compare to Cummings, Mcdermott and Sayers in the next Shield season.

  • POSTED BY thedoctors on | June 19, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Fact is Anderson is probably the best ever fast( Well Fast/medium. POMS don't seem to have the athleticism for outright fast) bowler to play for England, unless you go right back to Fred Trueman. Anderson with an Avg of 30 and a SR of 57....Above average at best when compared to most great bowlers. Pattinson is already as effective as and Siddle who i consider a county trundler has better figures.

    The POMS may win this series against possibly the worst Aussie team to come across for an ashes campaign, but within 3 years it will all turn around. Of that i have no doubt.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | June 19, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    One new player after the next is hailed as the new savior of Oz cricket- times really are desperate these days for Australia as they languish in the depths of cricketing mediocrity, with little to cling on to in the lead up to what looks certain to be anoter Ashes defeat. @ Vic Nicholas, And Anderson took 24 wickets at 26 in the last Ashes. Remember that series? I won't be surprised if you don't, there wasn't an Aussie fan to be found anywhere in the grounds for 99% of that tour.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Hey FFL, did you forget that Anderson's (a club bowler if ever there was one) average against Australia in the 2006/07 Ashes was 85...or in the 2009 Ashes it was 45? How about how the South Africans treated Anderson with utter contempt last year? Cummins was 17 years old when he played his 3 FC games...what was Jimmy Anderson's excuse?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 19, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Couldn't Australia just select him as a batsman? That's much less stress on his body and the team still improves? ;-) Seriously though, I guess the question is first whether he can stay fit for extended periods and second whether he has to drop his pace to do so. If he has to slow down to reduce the stress on his body in order to stay fit then he may well still be a threat but probably not as much. That could be a telling factor.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 19, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    It's great to see Northern Ireland and the MCC making a place available to him to help with his rehabilitation. He's a seriously good prospect and he needs all the help and support he can get to realize his potential.

    Genuine fast bowlers are few and far between and everyone, of every nationality, should hope he makes a full recovery and become the player we all look forward to watching for the next ten years.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | June 19, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge thats interesting reasoning. he almost took as many wickets against south africa in one test as england managed in the whole series against them last year!!!! and never mind that andersons avg against aus was also in the high 30's before he dominated in the last series over here. cummins is a player for the future if he stays fit, you poms by all means under estimate him! as i stated we thought the same thing about anderson!!!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | June 19, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    FFL ..Still continuing to show your lack of cricket knowledge? He is still a teenager, still developing and at some point in the future, he will be a major force. And when he does, look out.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    you try doing what he's done already and not have fitness problems his body is still developing - he'll be fine. his effort in the shield final as a 17 year old was amazing - pace, swing, control and stamina. give him time.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | June 19, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    That is promising. Let him build his match fitness and if he is going well, he may play in the Ashes in Australia.

  • POSTED BY D-Train on | June 18, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    @Front Foot Lunge - What a ridiculously ignorant comment. Firstly his average is in the low 30's. secondly he has only played 4 games and you want to turn him into a OD specialist? Thank god you're not coaching Australia with that ideology. And thirdly he has a test average of 16 which makes him statistically one of the best bowlers ever in test matches (since you believe you can read so much into averages after minimal games)

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | June 18, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @Frontfoot and Gautam... One day Specialist?!? This kid is 20yrs old and in his debut test match against a world class SA side took 7wickets! He has fantastic potential and when paired with Pattison looms as a geniune future threat in test match cricket. If only now Australia had some batting superstars on the horizon we could work towards getting those ashes back

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | June 18, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    He's never played 2 games back to back. We need to get him healthy, then get him fit and playing. Nobody knows how good he can be. Hopefully he can get an extended run playing First Class cricket this summer and we can have some idea by the end of it.

  • POSTED BY on | June 18, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Agree with the general gist of the comments here. This guy has played 4 first-class games - one of them a Test! We can't keep using this repertoire of experience and expect people to believe he is one of the world's gun fast bowlers in waiting. There is no guarantee at present that he will be able to replicate that performance against SA on a consistent or regular basis in Tests from now on, especially with his injury problems. Australia need to treat him very carefully and give him plenty of games in their first-class system as practice before shoving him in the deep-end again, and give him the opportunity to refine his radar a little bit. Before that happens, he can't be considered a "one-day specialist" as his pitch map has been a little bit spray-gun so far in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | June 18, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    His shield cricket was played while he was still a kid. He showed just what he can do against South Africa and if he can stay fit he's only going to improve which makes him a seriously good prospect for us. But keeping him fit is going to be the challenge as he looks like another Ryan Harris in the making.

  • POSTED BY on | June 18, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Agree with Front Foot Lunge here. One test match in two years and Aussie fans keep quoting him as one of the examples why their pace attack is the best in the world. Try getting him on the field first!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | June 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    With a first class average in the high 30's, Cummins may trouble batsmen in the weak shield system, but he won't last long in the Ashes should he play. Oz should focus on turning him into a one-day specialist.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | June 18, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    he will rock if he can maintain his fitness...

  • POSTED BY on | June 18, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Go get 'em son!

    Seriously hope he can just get through 12 months of cricket without any more serious injuries.

  • POSTED BY on | June 18, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Go get 'em son!

    Seriously hope he can just get through 12 months of cricket without any more serious injuries.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | June 18, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    he will rock if he can maintain his fitness...

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | June 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    With a first class average in the high 30's, Cummins may trouble batsmen in the weak shield system, but he won't last long in the Ashes should he play. Oz should focus on turning him into a one-day specialist.

  • POSTED BY on | June 18, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Agree with Front Foot Lunge here. One test match in two years and Aussie fans keep quoting him as one of the examples why their pace attack is the best in the world. Try getting him on the field first!

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | June 18, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    His shield cricket was played while he was still a kid. He showed just what he can do against South Africa and if he can stay fit he's only going to improve which makes him a seriously good prospect for us. But keeping him fit is going to be the challenge as he looks like another Ryan Harris in the making.

  • POSTED BY on | June 18, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Agree with the general gist of the comments here. This guy has played 4 first-class games - one of them a Test! We can't keep using this repertoire of experience and expect people to believe he is one of the world's gun fast bowlers in waiting. There is no guarantee at present that he will be able to replicate that performance against SA on a consistent or regular basis in Tests from now on, especially with his injury problems. Australia need to treat him very carefully and give him plenty of games in their first-class system as practice before shoving him in the deep-end again, and give him the opportunity to refine his radar a little bit. Before that happens, he can't be considered a "one-day specialist" as his pitch map has been a little bit spray-gun so far in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | June 18, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    He's never played 2 games back to back. We need to get him healthy, then get him fit and playing. Nobody knows how good he can be. Hopefully he can get an extended run playing First Class cricket this summer and we can have some idea by the end of it.

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | June 18, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @Frontfoot and Gautam... One day Specialist?!? This kid is 20yrs old and in his debut test match against a world class SA side took 7wickets! He has fantastic potential and when paired with Pattison looms as a geniune future threat in test match cricket. If only now Australia had some batting superstars on the horizon we could work towards getting those ashes back

  • POSTED BY D-Train on | June 18, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    @Front Foot Lunge - What a ridiculously ignorant comment. Firstly his average is in the low 30's. secondly he has only played 4 games and you want to turn him into a OD specialist? Thank god you're not coaching Australia with that ideology. And thirdly he has a test average of 16 which makes him statistically one of the best bowlers ever in test matches (since you believe you can read so much into averages after minimal games)

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | June 19, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    That is promising. Let him build his match fitness and if he is going well, he may play in the Ashes in Australia.