Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has been out of action for a while due to a stress fracture and doesn't want to take any chance with his body while he strives to make a comeback and do well for his country.
Cummins last played a game of cricket when he bowled in the Johannesburg Test on the tour of South Africa earlier this year, before he aggravated a back injury and missed playing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. The speedster couldn't also feature in the winter limited-overs tours to England and Zimbabwe.
Cummins, who is currently trying to fully recover from his back issues before the Test tour of UAE in October, was quoted saying to cricket.com.au as, "There's no guarantees with injury, especially a stress fracture, It's something you have to be really, really careful with. If you come back slowly and manage it really well, it's great. You never have a problem and sometimes the bone comes back even stronger than it was before."
"But if you don't treat it with respect, it can flare up and that's when it goes from being one month away from bowling to suddenly having to re-start all over again. We'll find that balance between getting back and playing and being a little bit cautious. If I'm 100 percent fit, I'll definitely be going to Pakistan. There's no doubt about that. It is on track and it's healing really well, but hopefully, it can get there quickly enough and I can start bowling in the next few weeks."
Cummins also dismissed any thought that he would purposely miss out from bowling on the lifeless pitches in UAE against Pakistan and said, "There's no way we'll be rested, (We'll only miss out) if we're still trying to recover from our injuries. If any of us did miss it, it's great that there's so much cricket so soon after that and we'll be fresh and ready to go."