Confident that Cummins will return soon - Pat Howard
Pat Howard, the executive general manager of team performance for Cricket Australia, is extremely confident that Patrick Cummins will return from his latest back injury, which has ruled him out of the Bangladesh tour.
Cummins, who complained of back pain in the recently concluded One-Day International series against England, underwent scans to assess his injury.
The news was not good for the 22-year-old, as the scans revealed a stress fracture to his lower back, which will require a lengthy rehabilitation period.
Howard was of the opinion that Cummins ability to consistently generate pace in excess of 140 kph puts him at high risk for back injuries.
"We know players who are under 24, 25 (years old) are at risk (of back injuries)," Howard told Big Sports Breakfast and SEN on Monday.
"And the faster you are the higher the risk.
"If he ticked along at 130kph he'd be playing all the time, but he bowls a lot quicker than that and puts his body under some great stress to do so.”
Ever since his debut in 2011, Cummins has been riddled with injuries to his back – a similar stress fracture kept him out of the entire 2012-13 domestic season.
Cummins returned to domestic cricket in July 2013, but the injury flared up once again, keeping him out for another lengthy period.
Having made a return to cricket in the 2013-14 KFC Big Bash, Cummins’ workload was restricted to limited overs cricket.
Howard is very confident that Cummins will be able to achieve his goal of recovering in time for the 2016 World Twenty20 which will be held in India.
"I have a massive amount of faith in this bloke being able to get back.
“His next goal is the World T20 in India at the back end of the summer.
"He's worked really hard, we kept him to white ball cricket, now he's played for a long time.
"People easily forget he's been playing for so long.
"He was fantastic in that one-day series in England after the Ashes and has had a really good run with injury."
In 11 ODIs this year, Cummins has picked up 21 wickets at an average of 23.95, including five wickets in the 2015 World Cup.
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