Cummins hopes to feature in next Ashes


Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins is not in a rush to return to the Test side after a year on the sidelines, but does hope to play in the Ashes next year.

Cummins was out for 12 months with a back injury, the latest in a long line of injuries and he’s only 23. But he’s made a good return to domestic white ball cricket.

If all goes well, he should return to the ODI side in the near future, but Test spells are still a ways off. He hopes the Ashes at the end of next year is a realistic goal.

The New South Wales paceman told Fairfax media: “Those Test matches against England are a massive goal.
“One, I’ve got to break into that side and bowl well enough. Two, I’ve got to get back playing and get my body used to playing long-form cricket.

“That’s where my future dreams lie in cricket – Test matches and an Ashes series and the one next year will be an absolute dream.

“That’s certainly a target.”

Cummins went on to day that his new action was kinder on his body, and that he felt more comfortable with bowling longer spells, and no longer aimed for pure pace.

He added: “This time I’m more comfortable to try and take things a bit slower and work on a few things and not worry about how well or quick I was bowling.

“Just having a couple of extra months gave me the chance to bowl a fair few overs before getting thrown in front of big crowds in high pressure situations.

“I guess that makes this comeback potentially more sustainable than the past. It’s a bit more effortless and it feels a bit more easy to bowl with – it’s about trying to nail that down now.

“I feel like I’m bowling just as well if not better than I was before – with a better action.”