Australian Test captain Pat Cummins is hopeful of his return to the second Test in Adelaide against the West Indies after he didn’t bowl on the final day of the first Test as well. The right-arm pace bowler has recently shared that he would have bowled if needed despite the injury.
Notably, Pat Cummins sustained a strain on his quad, which prevented him from bowling in the second innings of the first Test in Perth as well. However, the speedster was also seen limping on the field on day five at the Optus Stadium. While speaking at the post-match press conference, he said that he’s happy not to bowl, considering the second Test in mind that will start on Thursday (December 8).
As quoted by cricket.com.au, Pat Cummins said: “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.”
“I felt pretty comfortable out there” – Pat Cummins
However, his fitness has become more significant considering Australia’s busy schedule over the next few months as well. They have three more Tests to play soon after the second Test against the West Indies, which will be followed by a four-match Test series against India in February.
However, Pat Cummins, who completed 200 Test wickets in Perth, also said that he has managed his injury quite well and his quad already feels better as well.
“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,” Pat Cummins concluded.