Panther Pat back in the Test fold
Penrith Cricket Club's Pat Cummins has all but completed a remarkable comeback from a series of injuries, after being recalled to the Australian Test squad.
Cummins, comes into the test squad that is currently locked at 1-all with India, after fast bowler Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the remainder of the series with stress fractures in his foot.
Cummins in full flight for Penrith. Credit 77 Media.
The call-up means that Cummins is likely to play just his second test for Australia in six years, as countless injuries have curtailed his opportunities since earning man-of-the-match honors after taking 7/117 on debut against South Africa in Johannesburg back in November 2011 as an 18-year old.
It's been quite a fortnight for Penrith Cricket Club's one and only locally-produced Australian international player, who is set to play in India in coming months for Indian Premier League team, Delhi Daredevils.
Despite initially been disappointed in having his long-awaited comeback to Shield cricket with New South Wales put back, Cummins responded to play a major role in Penrith's epic one-run win over local rivals Hawkesbury in Sydney Grade Cricket's one-day final a fortnight ago.
Then that almost six-year wait to return to first-class cricket with New South Wales was finally over when Cummins was selected to play in their recent Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at the SCG, resulting in a man-of-the-match effort, taking eight wickets and scoring 42 runs.
Pat Cummins (right) pvercame frustrating delay in Shield return to win one-day final with brother Tim .
Credit: 77 Media.
Penrith first grade coach Steve Small, who was hoping that Cummins would at least be available for part of the upcoming grade finals, says Pat's selection is wonderful news.
"I thought we were going to have him playing for us. I wonder if "Boof" (Darren) Lehmann would like to leave him with us for another week or two," Small joked.
"But it's fantastic news for the district. No doubt he'll be working overtime to prove to himself that he'll be OK playing test cricket again." (after playing just one Shield game).
Penrith skipper Matthew Halse, himself still on a high after his first grade team qualified for their third finals series in four seasons with a win over Sydney Cricket Club, says Cummins' selection is set to complete an amazing journey for the Penrith quick.
"I'm really happy for Patty. He went from Howell to the SCG to India in a couple of weeks," Halse said.
"I'm sure he'll do a good job over there if he gets a chance."