Australia A in South Africa 2013 August 12, 2013

Injured Cummins returns home

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has returned home from the A tour to South Africa to assess a lower rib/back injury. Cummins played two first-class matches on tour - including one against Zimbabwe Select in Harare - and one match of the one-day tri-series against India A.

"Pat reported some left rib/back pain during the Australia A game against India A last week," Australia A physiotherapist Kevin Sims said. "With only Wednesday's final remaining in the series, the decision was made for him to return to Australia to assess the injury."

Cummins, 20, has had a history of injuries that have curtailed his participation for Australia in several international series. In June, he toured England with the A team after being sidelined for nine months with a back injury. He had complained of stiffness during the Champions League in South Africa in October last year, where he turned out for Sydney Sixers. He was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back on his return home.

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 Man-of-the-Match award in a narrow Australian victory.

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

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  • Colin on August 14, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Got to feel sorry for this bloke. Looks good although too many predictions have been made for someone who has only played one Test. He may not have the body for fast bowling, like Shane Bond or Simon Jones. Pattinson has looked average against the good batting teams of Eng and SA, Starc bowls too much rubbish, Bird achieved success against SL and suddenly he is the 'new McGrath' (guess what...he isn't!) and Cummins has broken down again. Harris has been magnificent but he is on his last legs and Siddle has performed admirably but suddenly that battery of quicks doesn't look quite so impressive does it? Mind you, you do have Mitchell Johnson on the sidelines!!!! He'll give Haddin a good workout and the Barmy Army a good laugh if nothing else!

  • Stephen on August 14, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    @landl47. You do realise that Pattinson played injured at Lords right? So if you just look at the test match he played while fit, 5 wickets @ 34 then it's not so bad. Pattinson and Cummins are the two fast bowlers cricket Australia are obviously hoping will take them forward and are both still very young.

    I reckon they'll be hoping Josh Hazlewood develops also to make their 3rd long term seam option to bowl into the breeze while a hopeful eventually fit pair of Cummins and Pattinson can bowl down breeze.

  • Nicholas on August 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Oh come on - is anyone seriously surprised? Australia still not learning anything form the Ashes and persisting with short-format/short-spell specialists for tests of all things. Move on from this useless pace-obsession Aus. - blood new spinners and line-and-length seamers now!

  • Gareth on August 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @landl: If you don't want Jackson Bird can we (South Africa) have him? Just because he hasn't taken wickets doesn't mean he hasn't had impressive control and some interesting movement...

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    He can forget playing cricket and focus on something else instead.

  • John on August 12, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Too bad. He's obviously got long term problems which hopefully will settle down. He's been seriously over-hyped and should really be left to play less demanding cricket until he has a good enough physical record to consider him again for State/ International level.

    @Ozcricketwriter: yes, we've been seeing some of Aus's pace options in the Ashes. Ryan Harris has been superb. He's almost 34. Peter Siddle has been good. He's 28. Jackson Bird and Mitchell Starc haven't looked test standard. Pattinson has gone home injured after taking 7 wickets @43 in the first two tests. Faulkner hasn't been picked. Maybe those options aren't as good as everyone (including me) thought they were.

  • andrews on August 12, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    You are kidding Ken McCarron. It seems fashionable to knock Johnson, but I don't think you've been watching. His performance in Delhi was good - yes you can bowl well without taking wickets. He created many opportunities. And he had a good home summer, leading the way against SA in Perth and SL in Melbourne. They certainly were 'decent ' Test matches for him.

  • Marvellous on August 12, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    the administrators and his coaches need to get him into the gym as soon as possible if he wants to stop all these injuries. not to bulk up, that might not be such a good idea (or it might be - i dont know) but to strengthen up his ligaments and tendons, get them used to being pulled in every different direction that he will be experiencing as a bowler. if this doesnt happen, if his superiors keep up this cycle of just playing him as soon as his injuries are close to fully recovered, hes just going to keep breaking down. sad really, hes a dynamite young bloke.

  • Yasser on August 12, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Next Ryan Harris or Shane Watson in making. You always fear that any match now, this guy is gonna pull hamstring or something like that. He is so injury prone. Gone are days when you had fast bowlers who played 8-10 test matches, 25-30 ODI's and some cricket in county circuit in an year.

  • Rajaram on August 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    This is terrible news. I hope,like Shane Watson,who had multiple injuries and breaks in cricket as a result, he will come back stronger.

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