Pat Cummins, Australia’s Test captain, hopes to play the second Test against the West Indies in Adelaide despite failing to bowl on the final day of the first.
Despite his injury, Pat Cummins stated that he would have bowled if required.
Pat Cummins on his injury
Due to a slight quad strain, Australia Test Captain Pat Cummins opted not to bowl in the second innings of the first Test against the West Indies in Perth. In order to prevent the tightness in his quadriceps from getting worse, Cummins, who took three wickets in the first innings, says he avoided bowling. Even though it took them a little longer without him, the Australians were still able to secure the victory on Sunday with 164 runs.
At the press conference following the game, Cummins stated that he was content to refrain from bowling in light of the upcoming second Test, which begins on Thursday. The bowler from New South Wales believes his chances of playing in the Adelaide pink ball Test are good.
“If the match got a bit tighter, I was going to have a bowl, but I’m pretty happy I managed to not bowl to give myself a good chance. It’s just a small strain, so normally about a one-weeker. If you bowl and make it worse, it can make it longer, but I’ll spend the next few days rehabbing, getting it right and think it’s a pretty good chance I’ll be good for Adelaide,” Cummins said.
Given Australia’s demanding schedule over the upcoming months, the captain’s fitness has taken on greater importance. After the second Test against the West Indies, the No. 1 Test team has three more Tests to play this summer before a four-Test tour of India in February.
Cummins, who recorded 200 Test wickets in Perth, also stated that his quad already feels better after he carefully managed his injury over the previous two days.
“I don’t really want to turn a one-week injury into a three- or four-week injury, and you potentially miss the summer. So we’ll weigh all that up. As I said, I felt pretty comfortable out there. Give it a few days. It already feels pretty good. The physio might be less optimistic, but I think I’ll be fine. I’m sure I’ll have running and a bit of bowling to make sure I’m right,” he added.