‘Injury-prone’ Cummins in yet another injury scare

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2012, 14:35 PM IST

Sydney: Teenage Australian fast bowler Patrick Cummins underwent scans on Wednesday after he complained of soreness, which can be a possible side strain, but officials of his domestic team New South Wales (NSW) are hopeful they will not confirm another injury setback for the highly talented pace man.

The 19-year-old reported pain in his rib cage upon return on Tuesday from South Africa, where he played in the Sydney Sixers` triumphant campaign at the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Cummins has not been named in Australia`s first Test squad, or the Blues`` team to travel to Queensland tomorrow, with selectors keen to work him back up to four and five-day cricket carefully after a long stint in the Twenty20 format.

“Given the last 12 months - he`s had a few injury setbacks - we just want to make sure everything is OK. He just complained of a bit of soreness in the rib cage area so we`re having scans to make sure it`s nothing more serious,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Cricket NSW chief executive David Gilbert, as saying.

“If the view is that he should be rested then I think that`s the sensible thing to do,” he added.

Cummins missed the entire Test summer last season with what at first seemed an innocuous heel injury, and was flown home from Australia`s one-day tour of England after picking up a side strain in the first match at Lord`s in June.