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Cummins motivated by Ashes

December 21, 2012 08:46:43 UK

Pat Cummins has his eyes set on playing a big part in next year's Ashes, but is wary about how much his body can handle.

The 19-year-old bowler has decided to put his limited-overs ambitions on the back-burner in the run-up to Australia's bid to win back the Ashes.

But even though he has opted not to play any T20 cricket in the next few months, he is realistic about the demands of a full five-Test series.

I love playing all forms, but certainly red ball is the main one for me.

Pat Cummins

Cummins has been dogged by injury since making his Test debut against South Africa 13 months ago, and is at least six weeks away from returning to action.

''I'd love to be part of that (the Ashes), that's the ultimate goal,'' he said. 'I'm not playing any (Indian Premier League) this year to get back to playing red-ball cricket.

''I've been playing heaps of white-ball cricket lately. Once I'm back bowling, there isn't going to be many options over here, so hopefully I can go over and play in England.
"Even if it is just leagues cricket, something that's a little bit less intense than county cricket.

''I've got no idea what I'll do in the long term but, certainly in the short term, I've been playing Twenty20 a lot in the last year or two. 

"I love playing it but it's probably come at the cost of some red-ball opportunities. I have hardly played a red-ball game the last two years. I certainly want to go down that path. 

"At the moment, I'm trying to put that first and see what happens in the future. I love playing all forms, but certainly red ball is the main one for me.''

Asked whether his body would stand up to the rigours of the full Ashes series, Cummins admitted: "Probably not, to be honest."
He said: I'd love to play one more Test, but certainly for me, 'Patto' (James Pattinson) and 'Starky' (Mitchell Starc)…even 'Sidds' (Peter Siddle)…have struggled to get through five on the trot.

''I'd love to in the future but my first aim would be to be available for selection on (the tour of India, beginning in February).''

Cummins says though he will not drop his pace to reduce the likelihood of injury, he is tinkering with his action.

''I've been looking at some footage - it's nothing too drastic,'' he said. ''Just pretty commonsense things, trying to get everything lined up. 

"I go across the body a bit with my arms but once I get the arms going straight, the other things will take care of itself.''

Australia are 1.61 to beat Sri Lanka in the second Test, with the tourists available at 6.00.

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