Cape Town - Fast
bowler Pat Cummins claims that he was always an outsider for the India
tour having played very little red ball cricket and he isn't too
bothered about being left out.
Cummins has performed well with the white ball and has staged a
strong ODI comeback that led many to tip the big quick for a Test recall
next month but it wasn't to be.
The fast bowler told the gathered media in Perth, as quoted by cricket.com.au: "I knew I wasn't going to be selected.
"I haven't played a Shield game yet (this summer).
"But knowing I've got heaps of one-dayers and T20s and the
possibility of a Shield game at the end of the season is pretty exciting
"I'll hopefully play a Shield game sometime this year. We've got six
(more) ODIs here and in New Zealand (over the next three weeks) and then
there's three T20s (against Sri Lanka in February). I'd love to be a
part of all that.
"Then that still leaves me time to play at least one Shield game."
Cummins played his only Test to date over five years ago as a
teenager against South Africa at the Wanderers and his injury woes have
kept him out of first class cricket for nearly as long.
The quick is eager to get himself into contention for an Ashes call
up though by playing as much Shield cricket as his ODI commitments will
He said: "The start of the summer (my goal) was to get through to the
New Zealand ODIs before Christmas and everything worked perfectly and
it got me there.
"Since then we set another goal to get through the Big Bash and these
ODIs and at the moment, that's pretty much all I'm thinking about and
we'll re-assess after that.
"If I get through all these eight one-dayers and bowl a lot of overs
at a good intensity, that should get me ready for Shield cricket."