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Cummins ready to scorch trail in Perth

THE Perth Scorchers' armoury is set to get some additional firepower with young Aussie quick Pat Cummins targeting a comeback from injury in the Big Bash League.

Cummins, 20, made a successful return to grade cricket in Perth at the weekend where he bowled for the first time since breaking down with stress fractures in his back during the Australia A tour of South Africa in August.

Now the New South Welshman (pictured), who has played one Test, five ODIs, and 11 international T20s, is keen to make his debut for the Scorchers - if he gets the green light from the medical team.

Cummins won't feature in the third-placed Scorchers' round five clash with the Hobart Hurricanes in Perth tomorrow, but he could be considered for the final game of the round, against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Friday.

Failing that, he would have to wait for the January 16 clash against the Strikers in Perth.

Scorchers captain Simon Katich may be carrying a broken finger, but the former Australian batsman showed he had no intention of stepping aside, scoring 75 off 42 balls during his side's six-wicket win over Sydney Thunder on Friday night.

In other round five showdowns, the winless Sydney Thunder host the second-last placed defending champions, Brisbane Heat, on Wednesday, and the unbeaten leader, the Melbourne Stars, play the Adelaide Strikers on Thursday.



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