Aussie pace trio set to make a comeback
The Test series against Pakistan will be Australia's first assignment in the longest format after the debacle in the rainbow nation.
Published - Jul 6, 2018 6:39 pm | Updated - Jul 6, 2018 6:39 pm
Australia has been struggling to make a mark in the international cricket ever since the ill-fated tour of South Africa. Their gun players Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal and the team will be without them until March next year. However, all the three pacers Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have not played since then due to injuries and they are now set to make a comeback.
They have been given a deadline to prove their fitness for the tour of the United Arab Emirates later this year where they will face Pakistan. The trio is confident of resuming their bowling by the end of this month as Cummins and Hazlewood recover from back injuries while Starc recovers from his leg problem.
On track for UAE tour
Pat Cummins was the only bowler amongst the three pacers who played almost every game across the formats for Australia after marking his comeback in the Test series against early last year. Constant cricket led to his back getting injured but he is now confident that he will be fit in time for the crucial UAE tour. He also confirmed that his teammates Starc and Hazlewood are also ready and raring to go.
“I’ve been getting a scan every month to track the progress. It’s probably a little bit slower than we would have liked, but all still pretty much on track. As long as there are no hiccups in the building-up stage … we should all be right for the UAE. We’ve all started running,” Cummins was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
The Test series against Pakistan will be Australia’s first assignment in the longest format after the debacle in the rainbow nation. They have struggled immensely in the ODIs since then and were recently whitewashed by their arch-rivals England.