Pat Cummins-led Australia whitewashed England 0-3 in the series, with the visitors suffering their biggest ever defeat in the 50-over format by a huge 221-run margin in a rain-ravaged game via the DLS method in the third game. and final One Day International game of the three-game series on Melbourne cricket Ground, MCG, on Tuesday, November 22.
Former Australian pacer Dennis Lillee stressed that he was not concerned about Pat Cummins’ recovery from his early injury problems. Cummins had a memorable test debut in 2011, but had to wait another six years due to a litany of injuries. The 29-year-old became the top-ranked Test bowler in early 2019 and still holds that position.
Pat Cummins was sensational in his first test match – Dennis Lillee
Lillee revealed that he was instrumental in the rehabilitation and injury-free bowling action of Australia’s current ODI and Test captain. Speaking to SEN Mornings, the 73-year-old talked about how Cummins caused a sensation during its testing debut and also recalled that Cummins worked extremely hard to get great results.
“I had a lot to do with Pat and his rehab, recast him and help get his action back to something that was protected instead of leaving him open to the injuries that happened early in his career, very early in his career, put him off for a year or four.”
“He was sensational in his first test match and you don’t lose the talent, so no, I had no doubts at all, and he didn’t seem to have any for that matter. We spent a lot of time together and he responded and worked hard, and you can see the results. When you’re this good at 18, you’ll never lose it, it doesn’t matter if you get injured.”
Lille attributes his ability to help others since hanging up his boots to his own injury struggles as a youngster. He claimed, “That’s sort of my involvement in cricket since I retired, because I had massive back problems myself and three fractures in my spine at a young age, I had to recover from that. I knew the process and studied and worked on it a lot and in the end I was thankfully able to help 90 percent or more of the guys who came through with injury issues.
Pat Cummins played 43 Test matches for Australia, taking 199 wickets at an average of 16.92, including seven fifers. The 29-year-old will next appear in the two-game test series against the West Indies, which begins on Wednesday 30 November.
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