Pat Cummins hoping to play first Test match at home against South Africa
Sydney: Young Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has expressed hope of playing his first Test match at home during the Test series against South Africa in November.
Cummins is also confident he will gain some benefit from playing in next month`s Champions League Twenty20 tournament, as Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers will represent Australia in the domestic event.
Cricket Australia is sending their head bowling coach Ali De Winter to South Africa for the Champions League to supervise some red-ball bowling sessions for Australia`s quickies.
Cummins, who claimed seven wickets in his Test debut in Johannesburg in November 2011, has been bothered by foot and side injuries and while back playing for Australia in the World T20 in Sri Lanka, and is yet to take part in a first-class game since his only Test match.
“I`m just happy to be back playing cricket. I really enjoyed the Champions League last year. We used it as a lead-in to the South African series so I`m really looking forward to it,” a leading daily quoted Cummins, as saying.
“In a perfect world I`d like to be playing a lot more Shield cricket going into the thing but with the schedule I`m not really missing any Shield games by going over to the Champions League,” he added.
“Hopefully, I play five or six games of high-intensity cricket and get through that. Some of the best players in the world are playing and we`re going to do a lot of red-ball stuff as well with Ali and the other bowlers,” he said.
Cummins added: “I haven`t bowled with a red ball for the last year so it`s been a while and I`m itching to get back there. I`ve never played (a Test) in Australia so hopefully I get to tick that off.”