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Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins has admitted that it came as no surprise when he failed to make the cut for the national team’s Test tour of India in February.
Cummins has been plagued with injuries in the last few summers, but he has enjoyed a run of good health and form with the ball this time around.
In the recent three-match ODI series against New Zealand, Cummins was the highest wicket-taker with eight victims at an average of 16.12.
This led to former players like Allan Border and Brett Lee calling on the national selectors to pick the 23-year-old, but he ended up being overlooked.
One of the main reasons behind this is the fact that he has not played Sheffield Shield cricket in the last 18 months. However, Cummins hopes to end that drought before the ongoing summer comes to an end.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be selected,” Cummins said. “I haven’t played a Shield game yet (this summer).
“But knowing I’ve got heaps of one-dayers and T20s and the possibility of a Shield game at the end of the season is pretty exciting
“I’ll hopefully play a Shield game sometime this year. We’ve got six (more) ODIs here and in New Zealand (over the next three weeks) and then there’s three T20s (against Sri Lanka in February). I’d love to be a part of all that.
“Then that still leaves me time to play at least one Shield game.”
While making his Sheffield Shield comeback would be a major stepping stone to reviving his Test career, which is just one match old, Cummins pointed out that his main aim is to see out the rest of the ODI series against Pakistan.
“The start of the summer (my goal) was to get through to the New Zealand ODIs before Christmas and everything worked perfectly and it got me there,” he said. “Since then we set another goal to get through the Big Bash and these ODIs and at the moment, that’s pretty much all I’m thinking about and we’ll re-assess after that.
“If I get through all these eight one-dayers and bowl a lot of overs at a good intensity, that should get me ready for Shield cricket.”