Cummins returns as Oz eye quarters

2015 World Cup

Pat Cummins will have a chance to cement his spot in Australia's starting team ahead of the World Cup quarterfinals when he lines up against Scotland in their final group match in Hobart on Saturday.

Fast bowler Cummins will replace left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty from the team that beat Sri Lanka in Sydney last Sunday, as the Aussies go back to three express paceman in the first-choice team.

The 21 year-old Cummins got the nod over fellow fast bowler Josh Hazlewood to partner left-arm quickmen Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc at the Bellerive Oval, with captain Michael Clarke saying both players are in good form.

Clarke said: "They've both performed really well with their opportunities, both bowling as well as I've seen. Both offer the team different strengths."

Australia will also look to give some players batting time as they have a few players who need time out in the middle before the knock-out stages.

Clarke said: "I'm not sure yet [about the order]. I'll have a think about it overnight. Obviously I need another hit. I think Shane Watson needs another hit, and James Faulkner hasn't really had a bat in this tournament either.

"There's probably three players that certainly need a bat. I'll assess tonight and make a plan, speak to a few of the guys and get their guidance and advice. I'll speak to 'Boof' [coach Darren Lehmann].

"I've spoken to 'Boof' over the last few days about it and we'll come up with a plan."

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