Aussies rib Cummins over red ball absence


Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been playing in the tour match at Derby, and says his team-mates have been giving him gentle sledges about his lack of red ball cricket over the past two years.

Cummins was out of First Class action for so long due to repeated injuries, but was still called up to replace Ryan Harris in the Ashes squad, based on the strength of his training efforts and limited-overs contributions.

He scored 21 with the bat against Derbyshire, and took one wicket for 23 runs when bowling on day two. Despite being teased a bit, he says he felt comfortable after a few deliveries.

Cummins said: "The boys were getting into me a little bit about forgetting what to do, how to prepare, how to warm-up for a first-class game – a few boys were pointing out the red ball saying it was red, not white.

"It surprised me a little bit how long it's been, because I feel like I've been playing a lot of cricket and while it was the first first-class game for a while it didn't feel like too long since I've been playing.

"Swing was something I was a little bit conscious of in the last year or so, especially playing a lot of white-ball cricket, but spending those two or three months up in Brisbane I think has been a bit of a blessing in disguise.

"I've been able to work on that and the last month or two I've really felt comfortable swinging the ball and getting to learn where my wrist and everything is."

It's still not likely that Cummins will play in the third Ashes Test this week though, as the front line attack are all fit and rested after their win at Lord's.