Pat Cummins sets his sights on full fitness in time for the Ashes next summer
Last Updated: December 20, 2012 6:15pm
Pat Cummins: Motivated by the thought of playing in 2013 Ashes series
Injured Australia bowler Pat Cummins is confident he will be fit in time to feature in the Ashes this summer but worries whether his body will stand up to a five-game series.
Cummins is sidelined with back stress fractures suffered when playing for the Sydney Sixers in the Twenty20 Champions League in October.
He will miss the rest of Australia's home summer fixtures and the tour of India in February but has the carrot of a first tour of England to spur him to full fitness.
"I'd love to be part of that, that's the ultimate goal," Cummins said.
"I'm not playing IPL this year to try and get back to playing red-ball cricket... so that's certainly the goal.
"Once I get back bowling there's not many options over here (during the winter months) so I'll go over and hopefully play in England, even if it's just English league cricket, something a little bit less intense than county cricket and hopefully build up.
"But yeah, I'd love to be right for the Ashes.
"I think I'd be bowling for close to six months before the first Test so I'll see how I go, but hopefully I'll be there or thereabouts.
"It's a pretty slow injury but everything's on track.
"It's about seven weeks in now so I've got another five before the fracture closes up and then hopefully I can start bowling again.
"I'll probably have my first bowl in February but it takes at least two months to build up to 100 percent.
"I think even Sids (Peter Siddle) would struggle to get through five on the trot. It's pretty demanding, I'd love to in the future but I guess the first aim would be to be available for selection for some of those (Tests)."
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