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Pace sensation Pat Cummins’ newfound resilience has been put to the supreme test after Australia’s feared scenario with him was realised.

The highly talented quick was dealt a much heavier workload than expected, backing up three days in a row to deliver 39 overs in his comeback Test.

His tally is five short of the 44 he delivered on debut in 2011 after which he broke down. There will now be some nervous types in the Australian dressing room who will be desperately hoping their young gun comes through the match unscathed.

Whereas previously Cummins has been rushed back into a Test preparation, this time he has been playing since October, gradually building his overs through different formats of the game at grade, state and international level. He should be better prepared than after any of his other long spells on the sidelines.

Excerpts from The Sydney Morning Herald | Andrew Wu