‘Wonderful cricketing mind’ – Cummins reaches pinnacle

SYDNEY: Pat Cummins is extensively thought to be an all-round good man with a wonderful cricketing mind, doggedly overcoming early-career accidents to succeed in the head of the sport.

A decade after making his worldwide debut, he isn’t solely the world’s premier bowler however Australia’s 47th Take a look at skipper, elevated to one of many nation’s highest-profile roles after Tim Paine give up over a sexting scandal.


“He’s obtained the utmost respect from teammates, and everybody in world cricket. He’s earned that from the best way he has carried out himself,” mentioned Take a look at legend Shane Warne of the Sydney-born 28-year-old.

Earmarked as a possible star from a younger age, Cummins burst on the scene aged 18, taking seven wickets to arrange a two-wicket win and earn man-of-the-match in a Take a look at in opposition to South Africa in Johannesburg in 2011.

He additionally made waves for New South Wales and within the Twenty20 Massive Bash League, however then got here the accidents that prevented him from enjoying one other Take a look at for six lengthy years.

A sequence of stress fractures in his decrease again derailed his profession and plagued him with doubts.


“I simply bear in mind being ultra-frustrated,” Cummins mentioned final yr. “Everybody needed to speak about my debut however I needed to show myself repeatedly, and present that it wasn’t only a once-off.

“I felt like the one factor holding me again actually was my physique, and there was no actual finish in sight. It was a tricky few years.”

He emerged from these darkish instances — and the ache and rehab that went with it — a stronger particular person and cricketer and his persistence noticed him chosen once more for Australia’s tour of India in 2017.

Together with his physique toughened up, he got here by that sub-continental check unscathed and shortly grew to become a mainstay in all three codecs alongside fellow quicks Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc — not solely a constant and dependable paceman however a devastating one.


His 34 Assessments have yielded 164 wickets at 21.59, to go along with 111 ODI scalps and 42 in T20s.

“Pat is extraordinarily clever, an excellent participant and has a wonderful cricket mind so is good for the function,” former Australia captain Greg Chappell mentioned in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald final week.

“Crowds love him and see him for what he’s — a cleanskin, who all the time bowls his coronary heart out for Australia and a resilient chap who has overcome harm challenges with sheer perseverance, dedication and dint of character.”

Cummins was elevated to vice-skipper in 2019 however has little captaincy expertise himself.

Captains historically subject near the wicket to regulate proceedings and as Australia’s first quick bowler within the trendy period to put on the armband, he might be pressured to lean closely on skilled teammates.

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Michael Clarke, one other former captain, informed reporters he would want all fingers on deck to assist him as Australia face old-enemy England over 5 Assessments, beginning in Brisbane on December 8.

“I believe (Steve) Smithy, Davey Warner, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, these guys all have a management function to play. Patty goes to wish all of them,” he mentioned.

“That’s why I really feel just like the time could be proper for Pat Cummins as a result of he has these senior gamers round him and I believe that will be important for Patty together with his workloads and positively (getting his head round) what it takes to captain Australia.”

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