‘I think I’ll be fine’ – Cummins hopeful of being fit for Adelaide Test

Cummins, who was jogging for balls in the outfield on Sunday at Perth Stadium to protect his quad, will be given right up until Thursday morning to prove his fitness. However, Australia are considering adding further pace-bowling reserves to their squad to supplement Scott Boland who is the current back-up.

“I felt okay,” Cummins said. “It was more not trying to run as opposed to being restricted to run. I felt all right. If it got a bit tighter, I was going to have a bowl but pretty happy I managed not to bowl to give myself a good chance.

“It’s just a small strain so normally about a one-weeker, and if you bowl you make it worse and can make it longer. I’ll spend the next few days rehabbing getting it right and I think it’s a pretty good chance I’ll be good for Adelaide.”

“We’ve got five Tests and I want to make sure I’m available for all five. It’s always like that. But a lot of the Test matches you leave with absolutely nothing left in the tank”

Pat Cummins

Jhye Richardson, who played last year’s Adelaide Test against England, is unavailable as he has missed WA’s Shield game with Queensland because of a bruised heel and has only played two of their six Shield games this summer following a variety of injury issues.

Cummins added that the medical staff would have a major say in whether he took the field in Adelaide or not, with Australia’s selectors mindful that the bowlers have five Test matches to play in this home summer with very short turnarounds between them.

“It was definitely the thought process the last couple of days,” Cummins said. “You 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.

“I guess I’ll have a similar prep to Joshy [Josh Hazlewood] and Starcy [Mitchell Starc] which would maybe be a light bowl the day before. Now might be a bit different. I’ve got to probably prove myself and have at least one bowl. Every Test match is always a slightly different prep. I’m not too bothered. Hopefully, I pass the fitness test and I’m good to go.”

Cummins did concede that the captaincy added a different weight to his decision as to whether he would push himself to play.

“I think it does add a bit,” he said. “We’ve got five Tests and I want to make sure I’m available for all five. It’s always like that. But a lot of the Test matches you leave with absolutely nothing left in the tank.”

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