Oz rookie Cummins must be rested to ensure his bright future: Clarke

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 12:44 hrs

Australia batsman Michael Clarke has reckoned that pace bowler Pat Cummins should not be used in all formats of cricket to ensure he has a long career.

"He is as good an athlete in the field as we've had come into this team for a while. We've got to be smart, though. I don't think it's possible for Patty right now to play all forms of the game for Australia. To play every single game I think would be silly. That's only my opinion," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

"We need to speak to the selectors and we need to make a plan for him, because he's got a bright future. He's got the potential to be an amazing cricketer for Australia, and we have to be smart and make sure we look after him," he added.

Cummins, who was named 'Man of the Match' in his debut Test match, took seven wickets and scored crucial runs during Australia's clash against South Africa in Johannesburg.

He became the second youngest player in history to take six wickets in an innings.

Cummins took 6-79 in the third innings to restrict South Africa at 339, and turn the match in Australia's favour.

South Africa team had earlier put up formidable score on day four due to a 147-run partnership between AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla.

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