Pat Cummins could be rested for 3rd Test, feels Mitchell Johnson
Pat Cummins (AFP Photo)

The rigours of bowling a barrage of bouncers the ongoing Lord’s Test against England makes Pat Cummins highly vulnerable to injury, feels former Australia international Mitchell Johnson.

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To have him fit and fresh for the remainder of the Ashes series, Johnson suggests Australia should rest Cummins for the next week’s third Test starting August 22 in Leeds.

Cummins peppered England batsmen with bouncers during returning figures of 3/61 from his 21 overs on Day 2 of the ongoing second Ashes Test.

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“I’ve got a feeling they will rest him after the way he bowled in this Test,” Johnson told cricket.com.au. “I found that strange because he hasn’t bowled like that for a long time, a lot of bouncers. We know he can bowl fast and aggressive but he’s gone the other way – he’s gone a bit more within himself and still hits the deck hard, bowls above 140kph.”

Johnson, who took 313 wickets in 73 Tests, feels bowling quick bouncers will have taken its toll on Cummins and it was apparent with the way he bowled late in his spell. “He’s been consistent with a good stock ball and an occasional bouncer, but he went bloody hard and it would have taken it out of him.”

He continued, “You’ve got to mean to bowl a bouncer. If you just put it there it will get smacked. But what it also does is increases the risk of injury because he’s got to load up higher, twist a little bit more and put more into every ball.”

Johnson suggested Australia could dip into the plethora of fast bowling options they have at their disposal in Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Michael Neser.

“You could rest Cummins next game because you’ve got (Josh) Hazlewood bowling well, with maybe Pattinson or Starc coming in depending on how aggressive they want to go,” he said.