Australia's teen pace sensation Pat Cummins has said he wants to play some Shield games and check his match fitness before he makes his next appearance in Test cricket.
Cummins broke down during his man-of-the-match performance on debut in South Africa last November after being selected off the back of his performances in limited-overs cricket.
The 19-year-old, who is lining up for Sydney Sixers in this month's Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa, has played one Test after being ruled out of the series at home against New Zealand and India last summer and missing the tour of the Caribbean.
Cummins will have just the one opportunity to play Shield cricket for NSW before the start of the series against the Proteas in Brisbane next month, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
"I wouldn't want to go into a Test match without playing too much, at least there's three or four blokes ahead of me anyway," Cummins said.
Cummins said he wanted to "play a couple of Shield games" before he looked at a Test comeback.
"I haven't played with a red ball for 12 months. I'd say the first couple of games very unlikely," he said.
Cummins, however, will be a key pacer for the Sixers when they open their Champions League campaign against two-time Indian Premier League champion Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
Cricket Australia has dispatched fast bowling coach Ali de Winter over to South Africa to assist Cummins and other pacers prepare for the Test summer back home. (ANI)