Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson has expressed it’s too early to call brittle young fast bowler Pat Cummins for the remainder of the Test series in India before cautioning the Cricket Australia (CA) selectors that it could simply breakdown the bowler for another long lay-off as the injury looms large over the rising star.
“If he gets injured again this [India-Australia] series, that’s almost wiping off another nine months. He won’t be playing the Ashes next year if he gets injured in this series.” Lawson was quoted as saying by foxsports.com.au.
New South Wales assistant coach Geoff Lawson further feels Australian national selectors have put Cummins’ future in danger after calling him so early in the longest format of the game as the series is levelled on 1-1 between both the Commonwealth countries.
“ Cricket Australia have just ignored and gone against their own plan. And they’ve already broken Pat once last year by bringing him back too early,” Lawson said.
The Sydney-born Cummins was kept in the cotton wool by the national selectors before they were forced to name him in the Test squad after he played for his first-class side New South Wales where he picked 8 wickets and scored 41 runs earlier this month after five years.
“The plan was not for him to be playing in this Test series — it was for him to be playing Sheffield Shield cricket and reassess him,” Lawson revealed.
The 23-year-old promising fast bowler Cummins was inducted into the Australia squad for the Ranchi and Dharamsala Test after his compatriot Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the ongoing Test series due to the stress fracture in his right foot following the Bengaluru Test.
“This is his third comeback from these stress fractures and they’ve picked him against the plan which has been intricately devised by a number of people, both at Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia,” Lawson said.
It’s pertinent to mention, Cummins made a return to Sheffield Shield matches around six years.
“From that point of view it’s Cricket Australia going against its own plans — we’re just hoping it turns out well,” Lawson remarked.
After his ideal start to his Test career in 2011 at the age of 19 against South Africa at Johannesburg, Cummins picked seven wickets in that game which included his best figures of 6 for 79 runs.
“You can’t! He’s playing Test cricket. It’s not a handicap event,” Lawson concluded.
The former Pakistan coach Lawson, who had played 46 Tests in which he claimed 180 wickets, has further said to restrict bowler for limited over in a day in Test format that won’t yield goods in such short time according to Lawson.