Pat Cummins to return from injury lay-off for Australia A
Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who has been sidelined since September 2015 with a back injury, is all set to return to action after he was named in the Australia A squad.
Cummins was named for the now-postponed tour of Bangladesh but was ruled out after scans revealed a stress fracture in his lower back.
The 23-year-old’s last appearance was against England during the five-match One-Day International series post the 2015 Ashes.
The Australian selectors have also called up youngsters Matt Renshaw, Travis Dean, Jake Lehmann, Alex Ross, Kurtis Patterson and Sam Heazlett to the squad.
Australia A are slated to take part in two four-day fixtures against South Africa A between 30th July and 9th August in Brisbane and Townsville.
The team will then take part in a four-team one-day series consisting of South Africa, the National Performance squad and a third international side which is yet to be named.
Apart from these two series, Australia A will also play two more four-day matches at the Allan Border Field in September and the opposition team is yet to be decided.
National selector Rod Marsh confirmed that the board is targeting the quadrangular one-day series as a platform for Cummins to make his return.
"Pat is tracking along nicely in his recovery from his long term injury and we are hopeful he will be available for the one-day matches in this series," Marsh said.
"However, we will be guided by medical staff on his return."
Australian internationals Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Cameron Bancroft, Moises Henriques, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Boyce, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Joel Paris and Kane Richardson have also been named in the side.
Australia A squad:
Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Scott Boland, Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins, Travis Dean, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Sam Heazlett, Moises Henriques, Jake Lehmann, Chris Lynn, Joe Mennie, Kurtis Patterson, Joel Paris, Matt Renshaw, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Chris Tremain, Daniel Worrall, Sam Whiteman
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