Cummins out of Australian A tour against Zimbabwe

Posted on May 24, 2011 | Category: Politics; Business, Sport

Australia A’s bowling is suffering one blow after another since their key bowlers are facing fitness problems. Their young and emerging fast bowler from New South Wales, Patrick Cummins, was declared unfit for the forthcoming Australia A tour of Zimbabwe.

Cummins was diagnosed with a stress fracture and has added to the miseries of Cricket Australia (CA). He is the latest addition to the list of bowlers, who are suffering from various fitness problems. Clint Mckay, Burt Cockley, Dough Bollinger, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazelwood, and, Ben Cutting, are already on the ailment list.

Patrick James Cummins was born on May 8, 1993, a right-arm fast bowler and right hand batsman. He has played for New South Wales Second XI and New South Wales.

He is a new addition in the list of quick and accurate fast bowlers, who have performed excellently and is the future hope of Australia’s pace attack.

Cummins has appeared in three first class matches for NSW and has taken nine wickets at an average of 46.33 runs per wicket with the best of 3 for 111 runs in an innings and 4 for 172 runs in a match.

He has grabbed 11 wickets in T20 matches at an excellent average of 14.09 runs per wicket with the best of 4 for 16 runs.

Cummins is just 18 years old and there is a lot of cricket ahead of him but all the youngsters have to take care of their fitness as observed by their premier bowler, Brett Lee:

“It is about making sure that guys are looked after and understand too that it is such an unnatural action, and not be put in a class where they think you’ve got to be rested and can only bowl a certain amount of balls”, Lee said during the Indian Premier League. “Because you’ve got to be hardened as well for a fast bowler, you can’t be put in the nets and be told you can only bowl 30 balls for that week and then see you next week type of thing”.

Cricket Australia is taking good care of Cummins, an altered training schedule has been framed for him, they anticipate he will recover soon and will be playing for them again in the near future.

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