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Pat Cummins confident of making comeback from injury

Pat Cummins confident of making comeback from injury
Pat Cummins, who was ruled out of the tour of Bangladesh with a stress fracture in his lower back, is confident of making a comeback from the injury.
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Australian fast-bowler Patrick Cummins, who was ruled out of the tour of Bangladesh with a stress fracture in his lower back, is confident of making a comeback from the injury.

Cummins’ career has been marred with injuries to his back, the current one being the third serious setback in four years.

Cummins revealed that he picked up the injury towards the end of the five-match One-Day International series against England earlier this month.

Despite the injury, Cummins had hoped that he will recover in time for the Bangladesh tour, but the outcome was not as favourable for him.

“Towards the end of the one-day international series (against England), I felt a little bit of a niggle," he explained.

“I rested for a week and hoped I’d be right for Bangladesh but I had a scan and unfortunately it was not a great result.

“I knew there were going to be a couple opportunities for that tour and I was just itching to get a second Test and it would have been potentially a great spot to get that second Test, but I guess (it is) not to be at the moment.” 

So far, Cummins has played just the one Test match in his career, which came in Johannesburg against South Africa in 2011.

Having faced the similar injury twice in his short career, Cummins is confident of dealing with it and coming out of it as a better bowler.

“There’s certainly worse things in life than having a little setback and knowing that I’ve come back from it before, I know I can get back.

“I feel like each time I’ve come back a little bit of a different bowler and arguably a better bowler this time.

“I can certainly get back to where I was, and you never know, (maybe) even better.” 

The 22-year-old further added that patience was the key to making a complete recovery from this sort of a back injury.

“The nature of a kind of back injury like this is it’s a little bit painful for the first couple of weeks, but after that you know you’ve still a got a fracture in there but you don’t feel that injury.

“It’s about trying to be patient when you feel like you’re ready to go.

“That’s probably the most frustrating thing.” 

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner was called up to replace Cummins in the squad for the two Test matches against Bangladesh which will be played in October.

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