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Langer admits Cummins will be rested

12th August 2019, 20:33 by Neil Foster

Australia coach Justin Langer admits he will have to rest fast bowler Pat Cummins at some stage during the Ashes.

Cummins was one of the stars of the Aussie performance at Edgbaston which saw the Baggy Greens go 1-0 up in the series with a 251-run victory.

While off-spinner Nathan Lyon rightly took the plaudits for his six-wicket second-innings haul, Cummins proved to be a vital foil, taking the other four England wickets on offer.

Having struggled with injury during his formative years, the 26-year-old is now showing the sort of form that the men for Down Under hoped he would, and is one of the most feared fast bowlers in world cricket.

However, he is still injury-prone and Langer knows he must manage the New South Wales ace accordingly.

"In theory, you would like him to play all five Tests," he said. "Those back-to-back Test matches depend a lot on how much he bowls.

"He bowled the most overs [among Australia's fast bowlers] in the first Test, but depends on how the game goes and how many overs he bowls, on how much batting there is in between [bowling innings], whether we've bowled last or we've bowled in the third innings of the game.

"All those things will come into it. You'd like him to play all five, but I am not sure it's humanly possible."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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