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Cummins impresses in one-day adversity

October 27, 2011 - Durban

Veteran Australian cricketer Mike Hussey has said that he is quite impressed with the responses of teenage pacer Pat Cummins, especially after being smashed around St George's Park in Port Elizabeth for figures of 1-73 from his 10 overs in Australia's 80-run defeat last Sunday.

"I was very interested after the game to see how he (Cummins) would react but he was in great spirits," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hussey, as saying.

Hussey added: "He was staying positive and even in our team meetings he was up front about what he wanted to do and work on, and what he needed to do to go better in the next game. It would have been very easy for him to go away and be quiet and maybe sulk for a while ... but he was upbeat. I thought that showed great character."

Seasoned pacer Doug Bollinger feels an affinity with his fellow western Sydney product Cummins, having played with him at NSW and now Australian level.

Cummins has nine scalps from four games so far on tour, including two three-wicket hauls.

Bollinger expects the youngster to bounce back well in Friday's game, which Australia is treating as a "grand final".

"He's fine, he's only 18. He's going to get plenty more games like that but he's big enough and strong enough to get back and have another go," Bollinger said.

"He's from the heart of the country out west in Sydney like I am, so he's a good kid. It happens to everyone doesn't it (going for runs), that's what the game's about. You're going to have your best day and then you're going to have a bad day, but he's got plenty of games left in him," said Bollinger.

"That's just an experience we all go through and we're here to pick him up," he added.


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