Cummins has had his injury woes in the past
Young Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins has expressed his hopes of making his home debut in the first Test against South Africa at Brisbane on November 9.
Cummins also noted that he hopes to gain some valuable experience by playing in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) for his Big Bash League team, the Sydney Sixers, later this month in South Africa.
Cricket Australia announced that they would be sending bowling coach Ali de Winter to South Africa for the CLT20 in order to keep an eye on the Australian bowlers taking part, while also supervising some bowling sessions for them as well.
Cummins, who picked up seven wickets in his Test debut at Johannesburg in November 2011, has struggled with some foot and side injuries in the past, but, he made his return to the national team during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
However, many cricket pundits are concerned that Cummins will fail to show his true potential during the Test series against South Africa since he has not played any domestic cricket.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Cummins as saying: “I’m just happy to be back playing cricket. I really enjoyed the Champions League last year. We used it as a lead-in to the South African series so I’m really looking forward to it, in a perfect world I’d like to be playing a lot more Shield cricket going into the thing but with the schedule I’m not really missing any Shield games by going over to the Champions League.”
Cummins stated that he was looking to make the most of his time in South Africa with the Sixers.
“Hopefully, I play five or six games of high-intensity cricket and get through that. Some of the best players in the world are playing and we’re going to do a lot of red-ball stuff as well with Ali and the other bowlers, I haven’t bowled with a red ball for the last year so it’s been a while and I’m itching to get back there. I’ve never played (a Test) in Australia so hopefully I get to tick that off,” he added.