Cummins: I didn’t have any big expectations


Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins says if he does get to play in the fifth and final Ashes Test, against England at the Oval, it would be a bonus.

Cummins, who was called into the squad after the withdrawal of Ryan Harris through injury, bowled almost 21 overs in a tour match against Northamptonshire which ended on Sunday, taking three wickets.

Before being called up for the Ashes series, Cummins last played first-class cricket more than two years ago so it would be a big risk if the Australia selectors decide to play him on Thursday.

However, the 22 year-old express paceman thinks fellow seamer Peter Siddle might be in line for a call up if the Aussies do make a change but he has no qualms about his own fitness if he gets selected.

Cummins said: "I haven't heard anything but from the last couple of weeks I've seen Peter Siddle bowl in the nets and he's bowled beautifully.

"So if they do go for a change I guess we're both ready. If a game comes along it will be a bonus and I'll be ready to go, but I didn't have any big expectations when I came over.

"The body felt perfect. No niggle or anything, just general fast bowlers wear and tear. I was speaking to the physio today and we were trying to work it out … I've been bowling for two years straight and I think I've missed one week out of the two years.

"And I've had no niggles or anything, so I can't be any more ready if I get the call up."