Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins hopes to play the second Test in Adelaide against the West Indies after he failed to bowl on the final day of the first Test. He said that he would have bowled if it was needed to despite the injury. However, Cummins sustained a strain on his quad, and that’s why he didn’t bowl in the second innings of the first Test in Perth and he was also seen limping on the field on day five at the Optus Stadium.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, 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.”
However, his fitness has become more significant considering Australia’s busy schedule over the next few months. They have three more Tests to play this summer after the second Test against the West Indies, which will be followed by a four-Test tour of India in February as well. However, Pat Cummins, who completed 200 Test wickets in Perth, also said that he has managed his injury carefully over the last two days and also already feels better.
“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.