Sydney: Australia`s leading cricketers have praised teenage fast bowling sensation Pat Cummins, who took 3-25 in his international Twenty 20 debut against South Africa.
The teenager removed JP Duminy, David Miller and Johan Botha within four balls just when the Proteas looked set to blow out the target. In the end, they set a chaseable 7-146, which Australia eclipsed with three balls remaining at Newlands in Cape Town.
Twenty 20 Captain Cameron White was greatly impressed at Cummins`` fatal bowling attack in his debut T20 international match.
"He`s pretty good, isn`t he, for an 18-year-old kid to come in and just feel like a seasoned pro?… Executing his skills under the biggest pressure of his career so far," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted White, as saying.
Australian vice-captain Shane Watson recently declared Cummins the best young player he had seen in a decade.
"He`s definitely a young guy who definitely won`t be letting it get to him," he said.
"I`ve got no doubt, he`s a really switched on young guy, very impressive young fella ... to be able to bowl as skilfully as he does and as fast as he does at such a young age," he added.
Test and one-day captain Michael Clarke, before leaving Sydney for the South African tour, said that Cummins was a wonderful talent- with ‘pretty high and pretty consistent’ pace.
"I watched a bit of the Champions League and watched him bowl over there in India…His pace was pretty high and pretty consistent, he`s young and quite tall and strong and he`s obviously off to a good start in the first Twenty20 match,” Clarke was quoted as saying.
"He`s in our one-day squad and there will be a chance he`ll get selected for those games as well, so we`ll have to wait and see, work out what our best XI is going into the one-dayers, but he`s certainly doing everything possible to put his hand up," he added.