Cummins aiming for Caribbean comeback

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Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins is on the brink of returning from a lower back stress fracture, and hopes to be part of the Test side come their tour to the West Indies in the middle of this year.

Cummins, who has missed much of his career due to various injuries, last played for the Aussies in September last year in England, and has been recovering from his latest problem since then.

He said of his rehabilitation on the CA website: "Recovery is going well, I think it's been five months now but I'm back fully running, gym, pilates.

"I'm doing almost everything other than bowling so I'll hope to do that in the next couple of weeks.

"It'll be a couple-of-month build up but around mid-year I'll be 100 per cent and I'd hope to get on a tour somewhere."

While he waits for his back to heal completely Cummins has joined former paceman Ryan Harris in mentoring players at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs.

Cummins said: "I think the great thing for the young guys is they are playing guys that have played five or six tournaments- so it's a good contest for the 16 or 17 year olds.

"It's a great tournament, it's great to see the best guys from each state playing each other, it's a great stage and will provide plenty of opportunities."

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