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Aus youngster Cummins delighted with selection

IANS |September 30, 2011, 6:35 PM IST
Aus youngster Cummins delighted with selection

Sydney: Eighteen-year-old pace sensation Patrick Cummins is the youngest player in the ongoing Champions League T20 event in India and after a handful of first-class appearances he is in Australia's squads for shorter versions to tour South Africa. The New South Wales (NSW) speedster says it is all happening faster than he dreamed.

Cummins, who was a school kid till last year and played the sport on weekends, has made it to the national side just over eight months after playing his first senior interstate game.

"I was still a schoolkid last year, just playing cricket on the weekend, it all came faster than I could have ever dreamed, you do have to pinch yourself," Cummins was quoted as saying by the Canberra Times.

The teenager has played just two one-day and three first-class matches for NSW and is yet to take a single wicket in the shorter format. However, in the shortest format, Cummins has taken 13 wickets in eight games at an impressive average of 16.23.

Cummins hopes NSW reaches the final in the Champions League so that he flies to South Africa directly from India.

"Hopefully fingers crossed we spend a bit more time here in India and if we get to the final, I think it is straight over there to Africa," Cummins, who is also the youngest player ever contracted to Cricket Australia.

Cummins came into the limelight last summer, bowling consistently close to 150km per hour.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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