Australia news February 1, 2012

Cummins aims to be fit for West Indies tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

The fast bowler Pat Cummins is aiming to be part of Australia's tour of the West Indies but has all but been ruled out of the Commonwealth Bank Series due to his heel injury. Cummins, 18, starred in Australia's Test victory in Johannesburg in November but has not played since then, and he is expecting to resume bowling in the next two weeks.

However, it could be as much as a month until he makes his comeback to competitive cricket, which is likely to come through Sydney's grade competition rather than for New South Wales. The limited-overs portion of the West Indies tour begins on March 16, and Cummins hopes he will be available for the five ODIs.

"The main thing everyone has said is don't rush and try and race back for something and then end up doing it again and you're out for another three months," Cummins told the Sydney Morning Herald. "It's a bit out of everyone's hands, it's just how it recovers. Just playing it by ear and when it's ready it's ready. I'd love to be on that West Indies tour.

"I've done about four or five runs now and it's pulled up brilliantly the next day. It's pain-free every run and the next day it's not swollen so it's good signs at the moment. [It] probably takes another three or four weeks to build up to game practice. After that four weeks, hopefully 10 overs should be right for one-day cricket."

His success in the Wanderers Test made Cummins an appealing prospect for the home summer, but Australia's strong pace-bowling resources meant they managed without him and won five of their six home Tests. Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ryan Harris, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc carried the fast-bowling load.

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  • Andrew on February 3, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @ Vista12 - whilst I think MJs stocks as a Test bowler have seen him drop to about 8th in line, he WILL be back in our short form sides on merit, pretty quickly. He has had the best stats for about 2 years in ODIs & in T20s he has outperformed Lee.

  • Craig on February 2, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Cummins and Pattinson will slowly work their way into the test team. They are the two best young bowlers in Australia and will be the future. In important games, the pace attack will be Cummins, Pattinson and Siddle with Watson supporting. In games of less importance or if the series isnt at stake, they will be rotated with Harris and Hilfenhaus.

    Great bowling stocks either way but barring further injuries, I guarentee Cummins, Pattinson and Siddle will start agaisnt SA later this year. Arthur refers to Cummins as a younger Dale Steyn, so you can imagine how highly he is regarded.

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  • Ryan on February 1, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    It will be good if he does come back to see him bowling alongside Pattinson and Siddle [and Hilfenhaus and Harris] It will be beneficial for both Cummins and Pattinson to play a game or two of Shield cricket before the tour. @world.cricketer: Do you not consider Nathan Lyon as good? 29 test wickets @ 28 seems pretty good to me. Steve O'Keefe is still the best first-class spinner in Australia though. @Kamran Jamil: You got some names wrong there mate; its Krejza not "Kredja", McGain not "MnGain', Doherty not "Dhoherty", and Pat Cummins not "Mat Cummins". Also I wouldn't include McGain in your list of young players Aussie tried but didn't give a fair go to - he was 36 or 37 when he debuted.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Mat Cummins a fresh wave to enhance Australian cricket,,, I hope he will play for some time!! I am very frustrated with Australian Cricket Board as they played so many young players and not give them enough time to show their abilities,,, like spinners Kredja, Dhoherty, Mngain, Steve Smith, Marcus North and now Lyon,,,,, ! Hope for more exciting cricket from Pat Cummins and best wishes for Him!

  • Bryn on February 1, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    is he going to play shield cricket? i think him and pattinson should before the windies. if everyone is fit who is going to make up the fast bowling attack!? rotation policy perhaps? wouldnt like to be the one to tell big pete he is being rested though..

  • Roo on February 1, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Seeing how well the pace attack has performed this summer, it may see Cummins used mainly in ODI's for a while - as how Pattinson was introduced into international cricket... I hope the selectors ease both Cummins, Pattinson slowly back into Test cricket & rotate them regularly until they get used to the rigors of 5 day cricket... The only problem is that they are strike bowlers that get wickets in bagfuls & are hard to leave out... Anyway, hope Cummins is ready & goes on the WI tour & onto Eng for the 5 ODI's...

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Cummins has a long career ahead of him. No need to rush him back. But with Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Harris, Pattinson and Starc all bowling well, he may as well find himself down the pecking order or a one day specialist unless one of those 5 gets injured or loses form. Jason Gillespie lost his form and his career, he was already on the wrong side of 30, Harris only has 3-4 years left in him.

  • world on February 1, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Aus bowling seems to have very good time. a good spinner will complete the unit. all the best for cummins

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Cummins now doesnt really fit into aussies test attack but i'm sure he can find his way back to t20 and odi teams. There is no need to make change to test bowlers when hilfy, siddle, harris and pattinson(injured) are bowling so well. Well to be fair it is probly a race between pattinson and cummins for who will be fit and ready first, because they can easily replace mitch starc as soon as they fit for a place in the squad.

  • Andrew on February 1, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Mate - take it easy as you say. You should have a long career ahead. Great to see an Ozzy pace attack with Patto & Cummins in it!!!!

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