Cummins added to A-side after injury break


Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins will make a return from injury in August when he plays for Australia A against South Africa A, having been named in a strong squad that includes Jake Lehmann and Ashton Agar.

Cummins has been out of action for months with yet another lower back injury, picked up last September, and is expected to feature in the one-day portion of the tour. He has been back in training since February.

He hasn't played red ball cricket domestically for five years.

Australia chief selector Rod Marsh said of the paceman: "Pat is tracking along nicely in his recovery from his long term injury and we are hopeful he will be available for the one-day matches in this series.

"However, we will be guided by medical staff on his return."

As for the rest of the squad, the inclusion of Lehmann, son of the head coach Darren Lehmann, and opener Cameron Boyce is indicative of their promise, and there are a few relatively seasoned internationals as well.

Marsh added: "We are lucky enough to have some talented young up and coming batsman performing well. Travis Head, Travis Dean, Cameron Bancroft and Jake Lehmann have all had impressive seasons and thoroughly deserve this opportunity.

"The squad’s experience is bolstered with the inclusion of Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques, Scott Boland and Kane Richardson, all of whom have played either Test or one-day cricket for Australia."

Australia A squad: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Scott Boland, Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins, Travis Dean, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Sam Heazlett, Moises Henriques, Jake Lehmann, Chris Lynn, Joe Mennie, Kurtis Patterson, Joel Paris, Matt Renshaw, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Chris Tremain, Daniel Worrall, Sam Whiteman.