Don't rush Pat Cummins into Test cricket, advices Geoff Lawson

Geoff Lawson said Pat Cummins is not yet ready to endure the pressure of Test cricket and should play more First-Class games before making it into the national squad © Getty Images

 

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Sydney: Oct 21, 2011

 

Former Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson said Australian selectors should not rush young pacer Pat Cummins into playing the Test matches.

 

Lawson felt that Cummins is not yet ready to endure the pressure of Test cricket and should play more First-Class games before making it into the national squad.

 

“We know he can bowl fast and do lots of things but his body’s got to get used to not just long days, but long games and long seasons. He’s likely to do that quicker than anybody. You’ve just got to be a bit patient with him. You know he’s going to make it sooner rather than later.”

 

The 53-year-old believes should have earned his place by taking wickets at the domestic level on consistent basis and not on merely on two-three performances.

 

“That doesn’t really say pick me to play Test cricket. The Australian Test team is not a development squad. You pick the best players to play international cricket for Australia. Years ago you would have said that’s fantastic talent, go out and play and get people out and earn your spot in the team,” said Lawson.

 

Cummins had a dream start to his ODI career against South Africa claiming the wicket of Jacques Kallis. The pacer finished the match with figures of 3 for 28.

 

Lawson is convinced that the 18-year-old is a long-term prospect but currently he should let his body grow so it can undergo the hectic international schedule.