Aus­tralia’s Cum­mins to make lat­est come­back in one-day­ers

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Pat Cum­mins’ in­ter­na­tional ca­reer has had more than its fair share of false starts due to in­juries but cap­tain Steve Smith hopes the up­com­ing one­day se­ries against New Zealand will prove a launch­pad for the Aus­tralia fast bowler to kick on.

The right armer, who made a dream test de­but against South Africa as a raw 18-year-old in 2011 with match fig­ures of seven for 117, was re­called to the Aus­tralian side for the first time in more than a year for the three-match Chap­pell-Hadlee se­ries.

The 23-year-old missed all of last sea­son af­ter yet an­other stress frac­ture in his lower back but re­turned with a vengeance in Aus­tralia’s do­mes­tic one­day com­pe­ti­tion last month, tak­ing 15 wick­ets at 18.60.

Chair­man of se­lec­tors Trevor Hohns said when the one-day squad was named last week that he was par­tic­u­larly pleased to see him back bowl­ing with real pace. With Aus­tralia choos­ing not to rest test spear­heads Mitchell Starc and Josh Ha­zle­wood, Smith had three gen­uinely quick bowlers at his dis­posal for the se­ries against New Zealand that starts in Syd­ney on Sun­day.

“It looked like he bowled with some good pace so it’s nice to have the op­tion of Starc, Ha­zle­wood and Cum­mins at our dis­posal,” Smith told Aus­tralian As­so­ci­ated Press in Syd­ney on Wed­nes­day. “It’s very ex­cit­ing.”

Cum­mins, man of the match in his test de­but, has been blighted by in­jury since, suf­fer­ing heel prob­lems, a torn side mus­cle and stress frac­tures in his back. Such have been the ex­tent of his in­juries, he has played just eight first­class games since he made his de­but for New South Wales against Tas­ma­nia in Ho­bart as a 17-year-old. His last first­class game was on last year’s Ashes tour of Eng­land. Smith, how­ever, said that if he could prove his fitness through lim­ited overs cricket then he could be in the frame for Aus­tralia’s tour of In­dia next Fe­bru­ary. “Ob­vi­ously he’s go­ing to play these one-day­ers. I dare say he’ll play the one-day­ers at the back end of the sum­mer as well and I think af­ter Christ­mas he might be play­ing some Shield cricket,” Smith added. “In­dia’s pos­si­ble. He’s ob­vi­ously got to play some Shield cricket first and see how he goes ... how his body holds up. “So far he’s go­ing pretty well.”—Reuters

WIESBADEN: F1 Mercedes driver and 2016 World Cham­pion, Nico Ros­berg from Ger­many cel­e­brates with fans in Wiesbaden Ger­many, yes­ter­day. Ros­berg was born in Wiesbaden. — AP

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