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Cummins back for Ashes

By Jordan Gerrans
20 December 2012 04:03PM EST

INJURED Australian paceman Pat Cummins says his ultimate goal is to be back for the Ashes in 2013 after a long injury layoff.

Cummins, who took seven wickets in his Test debut against South Africa last year, is aiming to get back into a routine of the longer forms of the game rather than playing Twenty20 cricket.

He said that he had been been playing a lot of white ball cricket, or limited overs matches, lately and his goal was to get fit and ready for the Ashes series in England.

Cummins is recovering from season ending stress fractures in his lower back that he suffered in the Champions League T/20 tournament in October.

He hopes he will have his first bowl in February.

"I'm not playing in the IPL this year to try and get back to playing red ball cricket," Cummins said.

"I guess to get back bowling, once I'm back bowling there's probably not many options here so I'll hopefully go over and play in England, hopefully build up and I'd love to right for the Ashes.

"I'll be close to bowling for six months before the first Ashes Test, I'll see how I go but hopefully I'll be thereabouts."

Australian bowling stocks have been decimated by injuries in recent months with Cummins, James Pattinson (side), Josh Hazlewood (foot), Ben Hilfenhaus (side), John Hastings (shoulder) and Ryan Harris (back) all spending time out of the game.

Cummins explained that he had tried to make slight adjustments to his bowling action to try prevent further injury.

"I have been looking at some footage, nothing too drastic just pretty common sense things," he said.

"I will be trying to keep everything lined straight and my arms going straight, most of the other things should take care of themselves.

"I am young and I guess the reality is that I'm going to get injured continually, all bowlers are until they are 24 or 25, so it's best managing it that way and trying to minimize the risk.

"I guess spending more time playing lower intensity cricket like Leagues games in England before I get back into high intensity games back in Australia."

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