Australia in England 2012

Cummins out of England tour

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July 1, 2012

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Pat Cummins removed Alastair Cook, England v Australia, 1st ODI, Lord's, June 29, 2012
Pat Cummins' England tour is over after he suffered a side strain © Getty Images
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Pat Cummins, the Australia fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series against England after sustaining a side strain during the opening match at Lord's on Friday.

Cummins took 1 for 53 in his 10 overs in the first match, having England captain Alastair Cook caught behind, but pulled up with pain after the game and has been diagnosed with a medium-grade strain.

Australian team doctor John Orchard, said: "Pat sustained an abdominal muscle strain on his left side during the first ODI at Lord's. Whilst he was able to complete his ten overs, he was sore after the game and was scanned, the results of which have revealed a medium grade side-strain. This will keep him out of the remainder of the England tour. His return to cricket will be decided in due course, based on follow-up examinations in Australia."

Cummins will fly home to Australia on Monday and the selectors have decided against calling up a replacement player to the squad. Brett Lee and Clint McKay formed a three-man pace attack at Lord's, while Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson are the other quicks in the squad.

This tour marked Cummins' return to the international scene following the foot injury he picked up on the tour to South Africa last November, which kept him out of action for the whole of the Australian season. The side strain will put his place on the A-tour to England, which follows the one-day series, in doubt.

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Posted by RightArmEverything on (July 4, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

@kitandthat3, I agree. @hyclass, when I read your comments I think of Nick Cave lyrics "Prolix, prolix, nothing a pair of scissors can't fix". I can only imagine discussing cricket with you would be like doing so with C3PO. All about probabilities. Statistics count in this sport, but that is not everything. Would you have kept S Waugh in the test team in the 80s based on his stats? Didn't he get picked after only a small number of FC matches? You would have argued against his selection too I suspect. To select a team based on statistics alone would produce a good team, but not necessarily the best team for the long term. By the way, the Argus Review does state that while players need to earn their place in the team based on performance, selectors intuition is appropriate, although you conveniently forget this when using the review to support your own arguments. How do I find your blog???????

Posted by hyclass on (July 3, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

@katandthat3...Marsh has a batting average well of 27 in Tests and just 36 over 12 years in 1st class cricket.The SL attack he played against was statistically the weakest in international cricket and the pitch he played on,one of the flattest.His Test career progressed exactly as I said it would,well in advance,right down to the same injury in SA and the run of outs.I simply read his career record in entirety,right down to grounds,opponents,number of matches played before injury and results over time.He exactly replicated that in the Test Arena.I only observed it in advance.Cummins has played only 4 1st class matches.When he was selected after 3 matches with 9 wickets at 46 and having just been injured after The Shield Final at such a young age,it seemed reasonable that his body should be allowed to develop strength over time playing 4 day cricket before being asked to play 5 day cricket.To not do so promised further injury.This is his 3rd since the Shield Final,supporting that view.

Posted by Hammond on (July 3, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

I think Pattinson will be expensive in England, and maybe the think tank at CA agrees with this. Not experienced enough yet to challenge the strongest batting line up in world cricket (even without KP!).. Exciting young talent though.

Posted by hyclass on (July 3, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@katandthat3..Cricket is a professional sport & has every advantage that modern sportsmen,sports science,technology and sports medicine are provided.Information is instantly & plentifully available to the vast support networks that put & keep players on the field.There are no absolutes.Rather there is the scientific use of probability when studying available information.To do otherwise is unprofessional.I suggested in advance,given the available information that it was highly probable that those outcomes would take place.The results vindicated my position.The idea that it was random or an emotional position deceives only you.Each position I have taken is the culmination of considerable research before developing any theories to cover the known facts.I then wait for information that either proves or disproves my position.Its what I expected CA should have been doing.It resulted in Argus.Its what businesses call 'due dilligence'.Cummins,Smith & Forrest are examples of its absence.

Posted by RandyOZ on (July 2, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Shame for Cummins however there is another speedster in England capable of ripping through the weak England batting lineup. However, Pattinson is not being selected. Arthur and the selectors are killing us.

Posted by katandthat3 on (July 2, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

I would have thought Harris & Marsh were some of our best performers after you wrote that @hyclass, in the tour of Sri Lanka & South Africa. Injuries are going to happen. We don't have large tours with heaps of warm-up games anymore, it's get off the plane and go full on 100% with many back to back games, then get back on a plane. People must forget about Lillie, Thompson, Reid, Fleming, McDermott, Lee etc etc etc getting injured in their time, fast bowling is brutal on the body. Many factors, evey bowlers' body is different and every action is. Age has nothing to do with it, correct me if I'm wrong, did Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis start early. Pat played in the two warm up games so I think they were trying to do everything they could to make sure he was right for the 1st ODI. Even Dernbach has been ruled out with a side strain and he has been playing heaps. It happens. Where's Tremlett been? He's been injured, it's the nature of the sport, they have to learn to manage it better.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (July 2, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

After another resounding England victory it's difficult to assess whether England are so good or is it that Australia are so poor? England are definately on the up but not the Aussies? The Watson diatribe before the start of the Australian cricket lesson was hard to follow - but I guess he was just doing a Pietersen and getting in the news! After all he couldn't really say "well England have a stronger and more dangerous bowling attack and they bat way down with Broad and Swann coming in at 8 & 9" Honesty is not something you get in the bravado before a series! Chin up Aussies your day will come... maybe... in a few years time. In the meantime enjoy being bridesmaids and just be thankful you're at the Wedding! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (July 2, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

@Dubious on (July 02 2012, 01:30 AM GMT) To be fair , weren't most of those games vs a very poor India side? Most of our batsmen and bowlers soared the rankings during their tour of England and most have since gone down the rankings. I reckon if Finn had 5 test with 4 being at home in that series vs India Finn would too have a sub 20 average etc. For me Finn looks better than Pattison who I rate below Cummins

Posted by JG2704 on (July 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@phermon on (July 02 2012, 00:09 AM GMT)Sorry , not sure I'm with you. Please explain further. If a guy gets injured a team will usually call up a replacement who I suggested would be Starc for a number of reasons. If this does not answer , please post again

Posted by JG2704 on (July 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@SirViv1973 on (July 01 2012, 21:51 PM GMT) Yes but the difference is with Starc (from Hilf and Pattinson) is that Starc is not in the test set up so they don't have to worry so much about him overdoing it. Agree re batting but maybe they'll come good or maybe they've selected the wrong players. Hughes has looked good over here and guys like Rogers and Voges can play. I know Hughes looked bad in tests but tests and ODIs are 2 different fmts - ref Morgan

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