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Oz media bowled over by whiz kid Cummins

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Nov 22, 2011 at 07:14pm IST

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Melbourne: Eighteen year old fast bowler, Patrick Cummins, has become the latest Australian sensation to win over the home media. His spell of 6/79 and his gritty 13 runs propelled Australia to a memorable win in the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Cummins became the second youngest Test player in cricket history to claim a six-wicket haul in his debut match at the Wanderers.

He showed nerves of steel and added 18 runs with Mitchell Johnson for the ninth-wicket, helping Australia seal a brilliant comeback victory.

Aus media bowled over by whiz kid Cummins

Pat Cummins (left) celebrates after scoring the winning runs on the final day of the second Test against Australia at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg. (AP Photo)

Cummins courageously stood up to Dale Steyn in those tense moments. He later acknowledged that he was the most nervous person in the world during the final minutes of the second Test match.

"Unbelievable," he said.

"I'd been biting my nails all day watching the game. To get out there with a few runs left, I was about the most nervous person in the world.''

Cummins was declared the man of the match for his efforts.

Former Australian batsman and Test selector John Benaud first saw the teenager play for Penrith grade club in the under-16 Green Shield competition almost three years ago.

"He is a very impressive young man."

"For someone who has had only limited first grade experience, he has a great deal of cricketing smarts and not everyone who makes it in to the higher areas of the game has that." Benaud said.

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