Oz quick Cummins ready to battle England with pre-Ashes tour squad following improved technique

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 04:30 hrs

Australian fast bowler Patrick Cummins has declared that he is ready to battle England with Australia A's pre-Ashes series tour squad, after some practice to improve his batting and bowling techniques.

Cummins, who missed his second consecutive summer of domestic cricket because of a stress fracture in his lower back, said that pre-Ashes tour squad is a goal for him, adding that he is preparing himself in every way for that and hoped that he gets selected in the squad, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The youngster, who has perfected his run-up under the guidance of sprint coach Matt Dwyer, and worked to improve his batting technique under Mark O'Neill, said that he had been bowling in the nets for quite some time, adding that he needed to improve his bowling action and build up load.

According to Cummins, he had spent quite some time away from the cricket field to perfect his running technique which was identified as something to be improved, adding that he had worked hard on straightening his running and keeping his arm straight through the action, which he said has been positive.

Cummins said that once he was ruled out of action he quickly overcame his disappointment and frustration, and decided to put his time to good use.

Adding that the one good thing that came out of his injury was that he knew the exact time-frame of his recovery, Cummins said that he used the time to better his technique in time for the pre-Ashes series tour. (ANI)

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