Pat Cummins ruled out of Australia A assignment

Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who was set to return to competitive cricket following a lower lumbar stress fracture, on Wednesday (June 29) was ruled out of Australia A’s quadrangular home series, also featuring India A and South Africa A. The 23-year old pacer had suffered the injury during the One-Day International series against England in September 2015. Even as his recovery pleased the medical staff, he hasn’t played competitive cricket since then. The Australian selectors are adopting a cautious approach with regards to the young pacer and have pushed his comeback to the competitive cricket by a few more months.
Cricket Australia admitted that while Cummins’s fitness was still not up to the standards required for taking on the rigours of international cricket, the pacer hadn’t picked up any new injury. Even while selecting the squad for the A tour in May, Rod Marsh, CA’s national selector, had mentioned that Cummins’s participation in the series would depend on the clearance from the
medical staff.
“Pat is going really well with his rehabilitation but is unlikely be ready to play at full match intensity during the Australia A tour,” Marsh was quoted as saying,”After discussions with Pat and the medical staff, we have decided to wait an extra month and look for him to return for New South Wales in the Matador Cup.”
Cummins had returned to bowling in February this year, hoping to make it to the Australian squad for the tours to West Indies and Sri Lanka. After getting selected initially in the Australia A squad, Cummins had even expressed confidence of returning to bowl at over 150 kmph, but said the mental challenges of dealing with rehab was doing some damage.
“It’s each little win, each little step being back in the gym for the first time, back running or having my first bowl trying to get to that next goal. But certainly the more breaks I’ve had the harder it’s gotten.”

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