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Patrick James Cummins: A star in challenging times

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24th February, 2019
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Patrick James Cummins burst onto the international cricket scene back in 2010-2011, where he picked up 11 wickets at an average of 14.09 in the KFC T20 Big Bash League. From that moment, big things were expected from him.

Some people even touted him as the future leader of the Australian pace attack, all at the age of just 18.

Eight years later, that prediction proved true. On February 11, 2019, Pat Cummins won the Allan Border Medal, which is Australian cricket’s most prestigious individual award.

A week later, he claimed the no.1 ICC Test bowling rank, overtaking Kagiso Rabada, and James Anderson.

In becoming the no.1 Test bowler in the world, Pat also became the first Australian bowler since the great Glenn McGrath to achieve the no.1 Test ranking.

Pat’s last 12 months have been outstanding and he is also the co-vice-captain along with South Australian Travis Head.

Despite being a challenging year for the Aussies in Tests, where the team only won four out of 12 Test matches, the pacer from Westmead, has been the shining light for the Test team in what has been challenging times.

Pat Cummins of Australia

Pat Cummins is one of Australia’s new vice-captains. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

In the 2011 Champions League T20 in India, Pat, playing for the NSW Blues, made a name for himself in the competition.

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He showed plenty of promise and impressed everyone. One particular performance that caught the eye, was the spell against Indian T20 franchise the Mumbai Indians, where Pat picked up 1/13 from his spell of four overs.

He bowled with raw pace and at times reached the 150km/h mark. All of that too at the age of 18.

The good performances in the Champions T20 League led to Pat being selected in the Australian squad for the 2011 Tour to South Africa in all three formats.

He made his Test debut against RSA on the same tour and got seven wickets and scored the winning runs. That performance earned him the man of the match.

As of today, Pat’s bowling stats include 94 wickets from 20 Tests, at an average of 22.02 at a strike rate of 46.82, with four 5fers and one 10-wicket haul, with best figures of 6/23 against Sri Lanka.

With the bat, Cummins has contributed time and time again to the team’s cause. At times, he has saved the side from further embarrassment.

The Boxing Day Test against the Indians is an example of Pat excelling with the bat in hand. He has scored two half-centuries to date and has an average of 20.30 batting in the lower order.

He achieved all-rounder status in recent times and is currently ranked the seventh best All-Rounder in the ICC Test Rankings.

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In addition to his batting and bowling skills, Pat is an amazing fielder. The run-out he pulled off in the first Test of the recent series against India went viral, even in the United States.

Cummins will no doubt be a key bowler for the Aussies come the Ashes later this year and the home summer against New Zealand.