Melbourne: Eighteen-year-old Australia Test fast bowler, Pat Cummins will make his return from a left heel stress injury against kids his own age. Cummins, who took six second-innings wickets and hit the winning runs in a man-of-the match performance on debut in the second Test against South Africa in December before the injury sidelined him for the rest of the Australian summer, will play in Australia's under-19 team in a four-country tournament beginning next week in Townsville, north Queensland.
Cricket Australia said Cummins' return is "part of his management plan to reintroduce him to competitive cricket while being able to closely monitor his workload." Cummins sprung into prominence during Australia's tour of South Africa in November last year when he took seven wickets and was declared Man-of-the-Match, as Michael Clarke's men notched up a narrow two-wicket win over the hosts in Johannesburg to level the two-match series.
Cummins returned with figures of 6/79 in South Africa's second innings on that occasion and hit the winning runs as Australia successfully chased down a target of 310 in their fourth innings.
Cummins notched up a six-wicket haul during Australia's Test win over South Africa last year.
The quadrangular series will be played by U-19 teams from Australia, England, India and New Zealand between April 5 and 15. It will be used as a warm-up up event ahead of the U-19 World Cup in Queensland in August. The tournament includes England, India and New Zealand.