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Cummins set for BBL comeback

Alex Malcolm

January 14, 2014

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Pat Cummins helped take Sydney Sixers to victory, Titans v Sydney Sixers, 2nd semi-final, Champions League T20, Centurion, October 26, 2012
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Pat Cummins will finally make his long-awaited return to Australian domestic cricket, for Perth Scorchers against Adelaide Strikers at the WACA on Thursday, after Cricket Australia cleared the injury-prone fast bowler.

The Scorchers wanted Cummins to play against his former franchise Sydney Sixers last Friday but CA decided that he needed another grade fixture before returning to the professional ranks.

Cummins' body has been a source of consternation for CA since he made his Test debut as an 18-year old against South Africa, at the Wanderers, in 2011. He has broken down repeatedly with stress injuries to his back, feet, and ribs.

He has not played a T20 since the 2012 Champions League in South Africa where he helped the Sixers to the title. Cummins played two first-class fixtures and one 50-over match for Australia A in South Africa during August before again breaking down again with rib and back injuries.

"It's been a long time coming," Cummins said. "Hopefully on Thursday I get a run and it will be good to be back for the boys."

Cummins has played grade cricket in both Sydney and Perth this summer. He appeared as a batsman only before Christmas in Sydney, scoring a century for Penrith against Sutherland.

Since joining the Scorchers for the BBL season Cummins has represented Perth Cricket Club in the WACA first grade competition. He made 75 and bowled five overs in his first appearance. Last Saturday he returned the figures of 6-3-8-0 in another 50-over fixture.

"Playing grade games were really important for me and playing them, particularly the second one, I do feel a lot more confident going into the game," Cummins said. "The first week was a little bit scratchy and then really happy with how I went on the weekend.

"Outside of that I have been bowling in the nets every couple of days for the last five or six weeks. I feel really confident with where my body is at and I feel like it's coming out okay so hopefully I will let loose in the game."

Cummins has been working back to full pace over a carefully managed six-week period. Both Cummins and the Scorchers were keen to expedite his return but after discussions with CA they decided to stay the course given the fragility he has shown in the past.

"We mapped out a plan about six months ago and that plan had me coming back for this game," Cummins said. "So it was four, five, six weeks bowling in the nets, a couple of grade games.

"Everything was feeling good, so we asked a couple of questions, but in the end, we all decided it was best to stick to the plan."

His inclusion is a huge boost for the Scorchers who sit second on the table following their Super Over win against the Sixers.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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Posted by Meety on (January 16, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Man - I don't think I could handle him having another injury, can't imagine how he would be feeling!

Posted by chicko1983 on (January 15, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

Anyone who thinks that the bowlers need to bowl through the pain are correct to an extent. There is general pain and stiffness which goes away after being properly warmed up and bowling. This pain should be played through. However, pain due to stress fractures does not go away after a couple of overs and will get worse. This is what Pattinson, Cummins and Starc all experienced, it was serious pain (look at the speed of bowling by Cummins and Patto drop off in the tests before they were sidelined). Be sensible about what pain you play through, that is the key. I also agree with Lehman, don't waste your tokens in the nets and risk injury due to overbowling there. Save your tokens for matches.

Posted by Matt.au on (January 15, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 15, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

@ Werner Blomberg: Normally I'd agree with you but in Cummins case he had stress fractures in his back and feet. It's probably a good thing he did say ouch with those sort of problems. Lot's of ex bowlers will tell you that the only way to get truly fit for bowling is to bowl. Training just isn't quite the same. .. Boof Lehmann said he'd rather see his players playing than training. .. there's a lot to it.

dunger.bob, your take on the stress fractures and the training matches mine.

Now, I'm betting you aint a rocket scientist, I can assure you I'm not - 3rd form education just didn't cut the mustard at rocket scientist class - yet you show more common sense than these extravagantly paid trainers and coaches. I wish they'd get it like you do.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 15, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

@ Matt.au: I agree. They got a bit funky and cute. When the rotation policy was in full swing it was the medical staff picking the side more than the selectors.

@ Werner Blomberg: Normally I'd agree with you but in Cummins case he had stress fractures in his back and feet. It's probably a good thing he did say ouch with those sort of problems. Lot's of ex bowlers will tell you that the only way to get truly fit for bowling is to bowl. Training just isn't quite the same. .. Boof Lehmann said he'd rather see his players playing than training. .. there's a lot to it.

Posted by Matt.au on (January 15, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

Posted by cricketsubh - i think these australian trainers takes extra care to their fast bowlers.

I'm not sure Cummins, Pattison nor Starc ever broke down prior to getting to these Australian trainers.

I have to admit I have no clue what goes on in the Australian cricket side nor do I know how the trainers train these young blokes.

I keep hearing stuff like conditioning, strength, nutrition, All good words in their own rights in the right place at the right time.

These young blokes are being picked because they bowl extremely well and usually extremely fast. They are young and fit and taking plenty of wickets.

All's good with these young blokes.

THEN. The Australian coaches, trainers, nuitritionists etc, get hold of them and say " Boys, you have to move into the new fad age. You've been doing it all wrong -we'll show you how to do it right and turn you into super bowlers"

Sad.

The more I think about Warnes feelings that coaches at this level should only be used for transport..

Posted by cricketsubh on (January 15, 2014, 2:51 GMT)

Complitly agree with u werner Blomberg i think cummins need to play with some pain as a fast bowler u never always fit 100% strangely cummins have been out of action not for serious injuries he out for some minor injuries he need to play cricket i think he fallows so much what trainer said to him do not him self what he think.i think these australian trainers takes extra care to their fast bowlers .cummins is a great talent plz traniers let him play with some pain if he fit he should go to s.a tour .

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

is he bowling in the 150 + seed..? hopefully he does

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

He need to bowl through the pain and let his body heal around it. Rapping him in cotton wool everytime he says 'oouch' isnt going to solve any problems.

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 14, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

our pace stocks are where our pride is. Can field a XI with those out of the test-squad. If at all we have similar depths with our batting...

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 14, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

I want to get to the waca to see this comeback. no rush for him, he is a special talent and will be a great of the game if he is managed well and able to play, he and pattinson should form one of the greatest new ball duos ever if not the greatest so there is no rush for either of them especially with the quality of fast bowling currently.

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