Pain is part of life in fast lane, says Oz speedster Cummins

Sydney, July 15 (ANI): Injured Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins says Coach Mickey Arthur was spot on when he predicted he would face two more years of injuries as his body adapts to the rigours of the first-class arena.

However, retiring pace ace Brett Lee advised Cricket Australia not to wrap the Sydney teenager in cotton wool.

Cummins returned early from Australia's disastrous one-day series against England with a side strain.

He missed last summer due to a heel injury. He told The Sun-Herald that history - unfortunately - supported Arthur's view.

"It's reality. Looking at the history of some of the stalwarts like Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee and Clint McKay, you see they came off battling two or three years of injuries, but once they hit that 21-, 22- or 23-year mark they seemed to enjoy a good six to seven-year stretch of being injury free," Cummins said.

He added: "So, [injury] is a reality and you have to counter that and look after yourself. Brett [Lee] is a perfect example. Everything I'm going through, he's been through, and I've found he's a great guy to talk about things to. To be 35 and still bowl 150km/h makes Brett a prime example of someone who has suffered injuries but returned every time."

He said. "I'm expecting to be fine for the next tour [in August] to the United Arab Emirates for the one-day and T20 matches against Pakistan, and that's followed by the T20 World Cup." (ANI)


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