Australia in South Africa 2011-12 November 22, 2011

Australia to manage Cummins' workload

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Australia will need to manage the workload of their young fast bowler Pat Cummins, according to the captain Michael Clarke. Cummins was Man of the Match in his first Test thanks to his seven wickets at the Wanderers, where he also struck the winning runs in a display that was more mature than most people expected of an 18-year-old.

Fans are excited about seeing Cummins play at home, but with six Tests coming up this summer - two against New Zealand and four against India - it will be a heavy burden on Cummins if he is to play all of Australia's matches. Apart from the Tests, Australia will play two Twenty20s against India in January, and up to 11 one-day internationals in the tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.

Cummins is contracted to Cricket Australia but he could also have state commitments with New South Wales when time permits. This time last year he had not yet played for his state, and Australia will need to ensure they do not ask too much of Cummins in his first year of full-time cricket.

"We've got to be smart," Clarke said. "I don't think it's possible for Paddy right now to play all forms of the game for Australia. To play every single game I think would be silly. That's only my opinion. We need to speak to the selectors and we need to make a plan for him, because he's got a bright future. He's got the potential to be an amazing cricketer for Australia, and we have to be smart and make sure we look after him."

In Johannebsurg, Cummins was Australia's best bowler and took 6 for 79 in the second innings, his swing, pace and aggression turning the match in Australia's favour when South Africa could have shut them out. He was also calm when he came to the crease with Australia needing 18 runs to win with two wickets in hand; he hit 13 of them, including a four off Imran Tahir to seal the result.

"He's an amazing talent," Clarke said. "He's shown that in the shorter forms of the game. He's shown that throughout this Test. The one thing that continues to impress me is not just his bowling. I've made it very clear to him that I think he's a very good batsman, with a lot of talent. He just needs to continue to work hard with that. He's as good an athlete in the field as we've had come into this team for a while."

While Cummins was the standout, his bag of wickets only highlighted the lack of victims claimed by the more senior fast bowlers, Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle. Cummins will surely be the first bowler selected for the opening Test against New Zealand at the Gabba, starting on December 1, but Clarke said it was not a concern that Australia had relied so heavily on a teenage debutant in Johannesburg.

"I couldn't be happier, I don't care who gets the wickets," Clarke said. "I said that in Sri Lanka, Michael Hussey can get ten-for, I don't care who gets the wickets. I just want 20 wickets and I want to get more runs than the opposition. It was Paddy's day. First Test in Brisbane could be Peter Siddle's day or Mitchell Johnson's day."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on November 25, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Australia Cricket is in dire straits due to their poor decision making. Here is another example of stupidity. When McGrath debuted at a similar stage (less than 10 first class games) do you think ppl were talking about wrapping him in cotton wool? No, they said play and perform. This is not Pat Cummins fault - it is management. And clearly CA is intent on not ratifying any of the recommendations by former BHPB chairman Don Argus, who's scathing report on CA only highlighted how backwards CA management is; and still are. Good luck CA, just when I was looking forward to a summer of excitement (after yrs of misery and frustration) you go ahead and ruin it by saying something stupid like "let's wrap him in cotton wool." Sing it out loud.

  • on November 24, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Hope this LITTLE GEM will not read any articles/comments on him to pressurize himself.

  • stormy16 on November 24, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    There would be nothing worse than another young fast bowler breaking down and losing pace and never being the same! The story is all to familiar around the world and with the modern pressures to play all games everywhere, its not a surprise. I think Clarks thinking is spot on and others need to adopt this. You cant have fast bowlers running in day in day out in all forms of cricket all year round - it simply is not feasible. They need to be managed to ensure a lenghty career with minimum injuries. With all the advance made in cricket from equipment to mental strenght, the fitness of the fast bowlers is something that hasnt succeeded and needs attention.

  • bobagorof on November 24, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    @disco_bob: "Mitch plays better when there's another bowler doing some damage". More like - Mitch's flaws are glossed over when there's another bowler doing the damage. It's always easier for a bowler if someone is up the other end doing your job for you. Mitch has been the strike bowler, and should have been the one doing the damage.

  • bobagorof on November 24, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    @MinusZero: Ponting used Watson sparingly, but Ponting also lost the Ashes (three times). Clarke decided to use all the resources available to him (including Watson and part-time bowlers, who never got a look-in under Ponting) and Australia's fortunes have improved. I suppose you'd blame Clarke for Harris' injury too?

  • bobagorof on November 24, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Srinath Venkateswaran: It's so he isn't run into the ground. Australia wants him to be playing for a long, long time. At the moment they're concerned that he'll lose his pace or get injured if he is asked to bowl 60 overs a match in 6 Tests in a short space of time, plus the ODIs and Twenty20s, when he hasn't even had a full season on domestic cricket to build up his fitness. He's already had lower back soreness a few months ago, so they want to make sure he has ample recovery time and is not overloaded.

  • Percy_Fender on November 23, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    I would like to add that in 54 England won the Ashes. Australia won the Brisbane Test but were just blown away in the other Test matches by Frank Tyson, who Richie Benaud said was the fastest bowler he had ever seen. And as someone said,he was not the brainless quickie who made faces and used abusive language like we have come to see these days. He was an educated man who could recite poetry when he felt the need to. Lest people wonder what, I clarify that it was indeed Wordsworth and Shakespeare.Frank, is probably in his 90s now. He settled down in Australia after a teaching career. When Tyson landed in Australia for the Ashes in 54, he was virtually an unknown.When he took just 1 wicket in the first Test at the Gabba, people just smiled sympathetically. Then the Typhoon struck and the whole of Australia and later the world saw that there were fast bowlers from other countries as well. So there could be other stars of the future on view come Boxing day.

  • Percy_Fender on November 23, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Cummins is a rare find and Australia are lucky to have discovered such a fine fast bowler. I am waiting for the India Australia matches. Apart from Ishant there will be the recent acquisitions for India, Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron and Ashwin for Australia to contend with. There will also be Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan if fit . So while Australia do have a formidable pace attack, the comment makers would do well to remember that in the past, the Indian batting of old veterans handled the likes of Magrath. Gillepie,Lee, Fleming Kasprovich and Warne reasonably well. So it could just be another masterclass from these extraordinary gentlemen which the youngsters of today both in Australia and India could talk about to their generation.

  • disco_bob on November 23, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur, "You never see such treatment for upcoming players from asian teams...." Sure you do, this sort of hype goes with any teenage prodigy in all sports what about Ishant Sharma as a like for like example?

    Cummins could very well be the strike partner that Mitch needs to break out of his slump. Mitch plays better when there's another bowler doing some damage, which seems to bring out his batting. I see Mitch's improved batting display in the last test as a hopeful sign. Mitch needs one last opportunity to bowl with Cummins against NZ and if he can come out of his hole he should be given a go against India.

  • on November 23, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Cummins made his debut...bowled exceedingly well...got the MOM...But why are Aussies talking about managing his workload already??? He is young...Let him play and get the experience...He has played only 1 test...this is most ridiculous...

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Australia Cricket is in dire straits due to their poor decision making. Here is another example of stupidity. When McGrath debuted at a similar stage (less than 10 first class games) do you think ppl were talking about wrapping him in cotton wool? No, they said play and perform. This is not Pat Cummins fault - it is management. And clearly CA is intent on not ratifying any of the recommendations by former BHPB chairman Don Argus, who's scathing report on CA only highlighted how backwards CA management is; and still are. Good luck CA, just when I was looking forward to a summer of excitement (after yrs of misery and frustration) you go ahead and ruin it by saying something stupid like "let's wrap him in cotton wool." Sing it out loud.

  • on November 24, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Hope this LITTLE GEM will not read any articles/comments on him to pressurize himself.

  • stormy16 on November 24, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    There would be nothing worse than another young fast bowler breaking down and losing pace and never being the same! The story is all to familiar around the world and with the modern pressures to play all games everywhere, its not a surprise. I think Clarks thinking is spot on and others need to adopt this. You cant have fast bowlers running in day in day out in all forms of cricket all year round - it simply is not feasible. They need to be managed to ensure a lenghty career with minimum injuries. With all the advance made in cricket from equipment to mental strenght, the fitness of the fast bowlers is something that hasnt succeeded and needs attention.

  • bobagorof on November 24, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    @disco_bob: "Mitch plays better when there's another bowler doing some damage". More like - Mitch's flaws are glossed over when there's another bowler doing the damage. It's always easier for a bowler if someone is up the other end doing your job for you. Mitch has been the strike bowler, and should have been the one doing the damage.

  • bobagorof on November 24, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    @MinusZero: Ponting used Watson sparingly, but Ponting also lost the Ashes (three times). Clarke decided to use all the resources available to him (including Watson and part-time bowlers, who never got a look-in under Ponting) and Australia's fortunes have improved. I suppose you'd blame Clarke for Harris' injury too?

  • bobagorof on November 24, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Srinath Venkateswaran: It's so he isn't run into the ground. Australia wants him to be playing for a long, long time. At the moment they're concerned that he'll lose his pace or get injured if he is asked to bowl 60 overs a match in 6 Tests in a short space of time, plus the ODIs and Twenty20s, when he hasn't even had a full season on domestic cricket to build up his fitness. He's already had lower back soreness a few months ago, so they want to make sure he has ample recovery time and is not overloaded.

  • Percy_Fender on November 23, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    I would like to add that in 54 England won the Ashes. Australia won the Brisbane Test but were just blown away in the other Test matches by Frank Tyson, who Richie Benaud said was the fastest bowler he had ever seen. And as someone said,he was not the brainless quickie who made faces and used abusive language like we have come to see these days. He was an educated man who could recite poetry when he felt the need to. Lest people wonder what, I clarify that it was indeed Wordsworth and Shakespeare.Frank, is probably in his 90s now. He settled down in Australia after a teaching career. When Tyson landed in Australia for the Ashes in 54, he was virtually an unknown.When he took just 1 wicket in the first Test at the Gabba, people just smiled sympathetically. Then the Typhoon struck and the whole of Australia and later the world saw that there were fast bowlers from other countries as well. So there could be other stars of the future on view come Boxing day.

  • Percy_Fender on November 23, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Cummins is a rare find and Australia are lucky to have discovered such a fine fast bowler. I am waiting for the India Australia matches. Apart from Ishant there will be the recent acquisitions for India, Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron and Ashwin for Australia to contend with. There will also be Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan if fit . So while Australia do have a formidable pace attack, the comment makers would do well to remember that in the past, the Indian batting of old veterans handled the likes of Magrath. Gillepie,Lee, Fleming Kasprovich and Warne reasonably well. So it could just be another masterclass from these extraordinary gentlemen which the youngsters of today both in Australia and India could talk about to their generation.

  • disco_bob on November 23, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur, "You never see such treatment for upcoming players from asian teams...." Sure you do, this sort of hype goes with any teenage prodigy in all sports what about Ishant Sharma as a like for like example?

    Cummins could very well be the strike partner that Mitch needs to break out of his slump. Mitch plays better when there's another bowler doing some damage, which seems to bring out his batting. I see Mitch's improved batting display in the last test as a hopeful sign. Mitch needs one last opportunity to bowl with Cummins against NZ and if he can come out of his hole he should be given a go against India.

  • on November 23, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Cummins made his debut...bowled exceedingly well...got the MOM...But why are Aussies talking about managing his workload already??? He is young...Let him play and get the experience...He has played only 1 test...this is most ridiculous...

  • Number_5 on November 23, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    how about none of that stupid T20, important ODI's and state duties when it fits...ill charge CA nothing for that advice....

  • on November 23, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Stop blaming Clarke for the injuries to Watson for allegedly overbowling him, he's had no alternative with the selections that he's been given, how many chances has the out of form Johnson got to be given before he is told to go back to Shield cricket and get himself right. His arm is continually at 10 o'clock and he's still falling away. He may have passed Alan Davidson's record for number of wickets by a left hand quick, but he is defintely no Alan Davidson. There are more consistent bowlers than Johnson and Siddle in the country.

  • landl47 on November 23, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    It was great to see him do so well on debut. I'd just caution everyone not to get carried away. He's still very raw and he's going to have days when he doesn't get it right. Hopefully he won't turn out to be another Mitch Johnson (the 'once in a lifetime' bowler, according to Dennis Lillee) who just got 3-255 in the 2 tests against SA and averages 45 over the last 18 months. Good quick bowlers are exciting, whichever country they represent, so I'm pulling for Cummins. Incidentally, not many people have commented on how ineffective Dale Steyn was in the final innings at Joburg. One wicket, and that was Siddle, for almost 100. If that can happen to Steyn, the best quick bowler in the world, then you can expect it to happen to Cummins. Don't lose faith in him when it does.

  • MinusZero on November 23, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Watson needs to be managed better too. Ponting used him sparingly and he remained fit. Clarke is in charge for a few months and already Watson is breaking down.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 23, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur, that kid Cummins is gettiing praise after performing. What about Varun getting the hype just because he bowls 145 KMPH? Cummins not only bowled quick like Varun but was Man of the Match on debut. This praise is not hype. Can't imagine the hype if Varun gets MOM on debut. Give credit where it's due mate. Cummins deserves this praise.

  • dsig3 on November 23, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    Wouldnt it be great if Cricket Aus actually took care of a talent for once. Dont think it will happen though. He will be playing more ODI's, IPL and 20/20 than anyone else soon. Look at what happened to Sharma. Very similar bowlers in my opinion. Both young, quick skinny teenagers. Sharma will come back eventually but he was severely retarded in his wicket taking development by the one day and 20/20 formats.

  • aussieaussie84 on November 23, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    1. Watson 2. Ponting 3. Marsh 4. Clarke 5. Hussey 6. Haddin/Wade 7. Johnson 8. M. Marsh 9. Harris 10. Cutting 11 Cummins perfect side must get M.Marsh into test team,...

  • Meety on November 22, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - but its alright to label a certain right hand senior batsmen a God? @ emceedrive - LOL! Don't you know who Clutterbuck is? Good pick up! @AidanFX - agree 100%, although bowlers & batsmen do have to contribute regulalrly! @ Heisenburg - Yes, I think he should be banned from the BBL (Promoters will hate that!), & stick to Shield & Test matches with the odd strategic 50 over game. @ Dravid_Gravitas - yep that should be a great match up. A year ago (had I known a tearaway named Cummins would be lining up for Oz in the test series v India) - I would of said Dravid would get slaughtered. (Despite me admiring the man). He has since had a renaissance & this will be very interesting viewing indeed. I also suggest we have a better credentialled young bowler in Cutting - who is similar in speed, but more hostile & skilled. So if the two of them are playing - it will be fascinating to see how the aging Masters in the Indian batting line up cope! (hopefully better than in England

  • Simoc on November 22, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    I have confidence in the new selection panel and coach, unlike the previous mob, to get it right. It may take a while but they'll get back to number one in five years.

  • bonner on November 22, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    I'm very pleased for Pat Cummins but one match does not make a 'superstar' (as he has been labelled in the Australian press). Pressure to perform consistently over a long period is proving to be the undoing of many young quicks around the world these days.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Looking forward to see Dravid vs Cummins. Can't wait...

  • jonesy2 on November 22, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    just rest him from ODI cricket, so many other star options for those matches anyway.

  • on November 22, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Think you've got one there aus! Spotlight should be cast on the fading stars of hussey and haddin maybe....have you guys got anybody waiting in the wings? It was good to see a little glimpse of the future of ashes battles here, but being a pom would like to see us come out on top naturally!

  • jonesy2 on November 22, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    gotta say im loving clarke's captaincy already.

  • on November 22, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    find of the year for me..fantastic talent..the next big thing....cant wait 2 c sachin/dravid vs cummins/johnson

  • Romenevans on November 22, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Good to see Cummins performing. However at the same time, Aussies are over hyping him just like the did to Shaun Tait and see where ended now. So easy guys, and don't let this kid fade away with hype, high expectations and all the dram around him.

  • FAB_ALI on November 22, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    That is a lot of hype!! We have seen a lot of players who do wonderfully on debut or at the start of their career but ends up being no one (hope that does not happen to him) but we should at least wait for his first 10 tests before making any opinion about him. LET HIM PERFORM CONSISTENTLY or he will be one of the many who just come and go in this Australian side in recent times.

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    That young man cab ball. I think They have to be balanced with their workload but at this stage in his career he must ball a lot to gain experience. If he keeps on bowling he will be a great when he retires. I saw him leaving one delivery from steyn, Thats an attribute of a good Batsman. Its the only good thing from the bowling perspective as far as Australia are concerned.

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Cummins just wait for a month. You will be getting a taste of Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman very soon.

  • thebigone on November 22, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    gupta its a piece on an ozzie player if it had been a piece on an england player the same could be said. if you want to see similar of an asian guy go to that players home page and read those. if you dont like it dont read it

  • M.S.Rafaqat on November 22, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    it is always good to see a young talent rising on the scene becous all the great cricketers have started their careers in the teenage like the akram,sachin and miandad but the talent needs to be directed right if not then the examle of aamir explains every thing.

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    If its a 5 match ODI series he should only play 3 of them, they need to be careful if there are back to back tests also. Ryan Harris probly should be in ODI side instead of test, because he is breaking down playing tests. When Johnson and siddle can bowl 20 overs in a day maybe cummins can do 16-17, just limit his workload as much as possible untill he's 20-21 when he has finished growing and knows his body better

  • Winsome on November 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Clarke talks and talks to the press. Doesn't mean he won't take hard-nosed decisions behind the scenes. That guy likes winning, he dropped Punter to 4 first chance he got.

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    What is surprising is that we had a kid named Mohammad Amir, also 18. Lost in time with greed deciding his fate i would love to see where this guy can go. Watched him bowl, pretty awesome but time will tell what he will become. I dont understand how can he not remain fit whereas our bowlers bend thier backs and still dont get injured.

  • Heisenburg on November 22, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    This is good news, personally I think Cummins shouldn't be playing ODIs, he was noticed because of his T20 bowling, and he's shown to be a great test player, also Australia has a great enough pace attack for ODIs anyway.

  • AidanFX on November 22, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    When people dismissed Clarke as captain because of his 'pretty-boy image' (to some) and his lack of form; the latter being a more plausible reason to doubt or reject his ability - I on the other hand believed he was the right guy. I saw enough of him Captain in Ponting's stead and in 20/20 to like the way he went about it... I know words are just words, actions speak louder but this is the sort of attitude I like to hear in an Aus captain..."I don't care who gets the wickets," Clarke said. "I said that in Sri Lanka, Michael Hussey can get ten-for, I don't care who gets the wickets. I just want 20 wickets and I want to get more runs than the opposition" -

  • orangtan on November 22, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Yes, Cummins should play only 1 Test against the Kiwis and then be ready for the Indians. Having said that, you can not rest such an important part of your attack during a Test series, except in "dead rubber" matches. The key is physical fitness which is his own responsibility first and foremost, although physios can help.

  • MenFromMarts on November 22, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Or Jackson Bird's day. This guy from Tassie I have been following and he is going to be a cracker. Nice start to his innings today 3 for not much.

  • on November 22, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    That's the DIFFERENCE b/w PCB and ACB!!! Amir had no one to mentor him... The young vulnerable Pakistani got destroyed since ether was no one to take care of him and limit his temptations!! :(

  • RandyOZ on November 22, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    "It was Paddy's day. First Test in Brisbane could be Peter Siddle's day or Mitchell Johnson's day." Umm, youre joking right Pup? If both of these duds are playing in Brisbane I refuse to watch! Cutting, Harris IN. Johnson Siddle OUT.

  • Saeed.Lodhi on November 22, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Well done Paddy .... I certainly do not agree with PUP to manage Paddy's workload .... He is only 18, overflowing with energy and enthusiasm, for crying out loud ... let him loose at the opponents .... more he plays more experience and tricks of trade he will learn .... Johnson was picky when he burst on to the international cricket and now look what he is ..... Plz dont do this to Paddy, he a natural .....

  • on November 22, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Cummins is a special, Aus will need to manage his workload and make full use of his talent.

  • Matt. on November 22, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    I hope Clarke is just being diplomatic in that last paragraph

  • sahajb on November 22, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Are you out of your mind Mr Clark? the guy has only played one test match and you are talking about work load?? let him play and grow his body and experience. if he doesnt play all the test at home then australia will sure loose to NZ and India.

  • emceedrive on November 22, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Who in the heck is Stanley Clutterbuck, and why is he linked to the article? As for Oz's bowling woes, what they're going to do over the upcoming summer is going to be interesting. They might need to take the NZ series as an opportunity to try out a few more guys, not young'uns like Cummins, but seasoned Sheffield Shield performers. Good fast bowling will go a long way towards a series win against India.

  • on November 22, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    " First Test in Brisbane could be Peter Siddle's day or Mitchell Johnson's day."

    Is that Clarke's way of saying that we haven't seen the last of Mitchell Johnson?

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 22, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    You cannot believe how much a young "upcoming" player from Eng/Aus are hyped after just playing a few games...

    You never see such treatment for upcoming players from asian teams....

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  • Gupta.Ankur on November 22, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    You cannot believe how much a young "upcoming" player from Eng/Aus are hyped after just playing a few games...

    You never see such treatment for upcoming players from asian teams....

  • on November 22, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    " First Test in Brisbane could be Peter Siddle's day or Mitchell Johnson's day."

    Is that Clarke's way of saying that we haven't seen the last of Mitchell Johnson?

  • emceedrive on November 22, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Who in the heck is Stanley Clutterbuck, and why is he linked to the article? As for Oz's bowling woes, what they're going to do over the upcoming summer is going to be interesting. They might need to take the NZ series as an opportunity to try out a few more guys, not young'uns like Cummins, but seasoned Sheffield Shield performers. Good fast bowling will go a long way towards a series win against India.

  • sahajb on November 22, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Are you out of your mind Mr Clark? the guy has only played one test match and you are talking about work load?? let him play and grow his body and experience. if he doesnt play all the test at home then australia will sure loose to NZ and India.

  • Matt. on November 22, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    I hope Clarke is just being diplomatic in that last paragraph

  • on November 22, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Cummins is a special, Aus will need to manage his workload and make full use of his talent.

  • Saeed.Lodhi on November 22, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Well done Paddy .... I certainly do not agree with PUP to manage Paddy's workload .... He is only 18, overflowing with energy and enthusiasm, for crying out loud ... let him loose at the opponents .... more he plays more experience and tricks of trade he will learn .... Johnson was picky when he burst on to the international cricket and now look what he is ..... Plz dont do this to Paddy, he a natural .....

  • RandyOZ on November 22, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    "It was Paddy's day. First Test in Brisbane could be Peter Siddle's day or Mitchell Johnson's day." Umm, youre joking right Pup? If both of these duds are playing in Brisbane I refuse to watch! Cutting, Harris IN. Johnson Siddle OUT.

  • on November 22, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    That's the DIFFERENCE b/w PCB and ACB!!! Amir had no one to mentor him... The young vulnerable Pakistani got destroyed since ether was no one to take care of him and limit his temptations!! :(

  • MenFromMarts on November 22, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Or Jackson Bird's day. This guy from Tassie I have been following and he is going to be a cracker. Nice start to his innings today 3 for not much.