Patrick James "Pat" Cummins (born 8 May 1993) is an Australian cricketer. A fast bowler, he made his Test debut at age 18 and plays domestic cricket for New South Wales. Cummins is a fast bowler who regularly bowls faster than 145 km/h.
Cummins played junior cricket at Glenbrook Blaxland Cricket Club in the Blue Mountains before playing first-grade cricket for Penrith in 2010. In the preliminary final of the 2010–11 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash against Tasmania Cummins took 4 for 16 and was named man of the match. He finished with Nathan Lyon as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. In March 2011 he made his first-class debut.
He joined the Sydney Sixers franchise in 2011. In 2012 he signed with the Perth Scorchers, but missed the 2012 season due to injury. He made his debut for the Scorchers when they beat the Adelaide Strikers in Perth on 16 January 2014. He was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League for the 2014 season.
Cummins was granted a Cricket Australia contract in June 2011, and in October 2011 he played two Twenty20 matches for Australia against South Africa. On the basis of his performances in these games (he took 3/25 and 2/26), Cummins was selected for Test squad to play South Africa, in what was described as a "meteoric rise".
Cummins made his Test debut at the The Wanderers ground in Johannesburg in November 2011, in what was only his fourth career first-class match, becoming Australia's youngest test cricketer since Ian Craig in 1953. Cummins took 1/38 and 6/79, becoming the second youngest test cricketer (behind Enamul Haque Jr) to take six wickets in an innings. He then scored 13 runs in the second innings, including a four to win the match, and was presented with the Man of the Match award.
Cummins was selected in Australia's provisional team for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Queensland in August 2012.
Cummins' early cricketing career has been plagued with injury, primarily a stress fracture in his back. Cummins played his first game since October 2012 for the Northern Ireland Cricket Academy on 19 June 2013.
Cummins was a late call-up for 2015 Ashes squad after the retirement of Ryan Harris, but he was not selected for a Test during the series. He was part of ODI and T20I series in the same tour.
Cummins grew up at Mount Riverview in the Blue Mountains with his two brothers and two sisters. He attended St Paul's Grammar School, and is an Elite Athlete Program scholar and Bachelor of Business student at the University of Technology, Sydney. As a child he idolised Brett Lee, with whom he later briefly played domestic and international cricket.
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Series||Season||Match Performance||Result|
|1||2nd Test – Australia in South Africa Test Series||2011/12||1st Innings: 15–3–38–1, 1 catch; 2 (7 balls) |
2nd Innings: 29–5–79–6; 13* (15 balls: 2x4)
|Australia won by 2 wickets.|