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Pat Cummins admits to moments of doubt after Allan Border Medal win

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 11/02/2019 Chris De Silva

Australian paceman Pat Cummins has admitted he doubted whether he could get back to his best after winning the 2019 Allan Border Medal.

Cummins capped off an outstanding year which saw him capture 44 wickets in eight Tests in 2018 at an average of 19.97, and said being able to string matches together had been satisfying after a horror injury run.

"I always thought Test cricket was a dream but I wasn't sure I'd get up there and forge a consistent career so I couldn't be happier," he said.

"That's been the most pleasing thing in the last couple of years just the amount of cricket I've been able to play.

"I can now concentrate on bowling well and I don't have to worry about things."

Pat Cummins © AAP Pat Cummins With the injuries firmly in the rear-view mirror, Cummins said he expected to become a more dangerous bowler with experience, a frightening thought for batsmen all over the world.

In a wide-ranging acceptance speech, the 25-year-old thanked the support staff that helped him during his painstaking six-year absence from Test cricket after his stunning 2011 debut in South Africa.

"The amount of time and effort you put into me over the years, it really kept me going," Cummins said.

"There was times where I felt years away from getting back to playing cricket, but you'd wake me up every morning and get me motivated about making those little steps back to recovery."

Cummins described Australia's infamous 'bowling cartel' as "really good mates who look after each other" and explained the joy he gets from being able to run out and represent his country.

"It feels like I'm back at school every day because I get to spend the whole day with my best mates," he said.

"We spend so much of the year travelling but I never get sick of it I absolutely love taking the field with you guys."

Pictures: Australian Cricket Awards: Red carpet

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