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Cricket news - Cummins hoping to manage busy schedule

"I think it is going to be one of those World Cups where you do need a whole squad of 15 playing and firing" - Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins says he can play through both the World Cup and the subsequent Ashes series, confident that he will pull through. It's been two years now since Cummins has been rid of any serious injury. And no other bowler in that period, other than Kagiso Rabada and James Anderson, has bowled more overs than Cummins across formats, with him being the highest wicket-taker for his side in that time frame.

"The World Cup is really busy but it's about two games a week. Hopefully (I) can manage all that," Cummins said in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (March 26), ahead of the third ODI against Pakistan where he could make a potential return after being rested for the first two. "You want to be playing all the games you can. I'm no different. It's quite a long tour so probably managing in between games and how you train, just trying to give yourself every chance to play."

Australia will play all the other nine participants at the World Cup between June and early July, which could extend another week should they make the final on July 14 at Lord's. That leaves them with just two weeks to recuperate before the first Test of the Ashes that is scheduled to begin on August 1.

"I got no idea how we're going to work out the World Cup schedule," said Cummins. "I think it is going to be one of those World Cups where you do need a whole squad of 15 playing and firing because it's nine ODIs in (five) weeks. It's going to be quite a big ask."

Cummins is well aware of the challenges that accompany back-to-back tours in terms of the physical aspect of things, and the requirements of bowling in the longer formats and in limited overs. And after having developed some issues with his technique in his hiatus from cricket, since his return two years ago, he has constantly worked on nullifying them.

"In 2017, I came in and played two tests in India, then lots of white ball (cricket), another couple of Tests in Bangladesh and then another few ODIs in India and I found a couple of bad habits crept in, more just from not having a swinging ball," he explained. "I found in the last couple of years I've got a bit better at that, especially opening the bowling I'm always trying to swing the ball. When I'm swinging the ball, my action tends to be where I want it to be.

"I was jumping in a lot. Whether it's trying to bowl too fast and get a little more out of my action - I tend to jump in anyway but I was really jumping in (a lot) and my left leg was swinging all the way across and flicking around (my) body. It might get you an extra 'k' (kilometre of pace) or two but normally lose my seam and things like that. It's about trying to get a little bit straighter and stick my arm up nice and straight.

"That's going to be something I'm going to keep an eye on with the bowling coaches in England over the next few months."

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