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Injured fast bowler Pat Cummins to join up with Australia A tour party

Pat Cummins: To join Aussie A squad

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Rising star Pat Cummins will join Australia's A tour of the British Isles but not as a player.

The fast bowler, 20, has not played since suffering an upper back strain during the Twenty20 Champions League in October.

But has now returned to training and will join the touring party to be closer to Australia's bowling coaches and physios.

"Cummins is not being added to the Australia A squad but rather continuing work on the areas identified in his customised programme under COE (centre of excellence) head coach Troy Cooley's guidance," Australia's high performance boss Pat Howard said.

Progression

"Depending on his continued progression, he may play in intra-squad and warm-up matches if this is deemed appropriate based on his workloads but there is no intention for Pat to play in any of the tour games.

"The aim is to have Pat available and prepared for Australia A series in South Africa in July/August."

Cummins memorably took seven wickets on his Test debut in South Africa in October 2011 but has been unable to pull on the baggy green cap again because of a string of serious injuries.

The Australia A squad will depart for the UK on May 25.