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Fit and fast Ben Cummins won't be rushed

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016 Steve Zemek

Pat Cummins is back but don't expect to see him in the Australian Test team before next summer.

Australian cricket fans would have been grinning from ear to ear following his four-wicket effort to help rout New Zealand in the second one-dayer in Canberra on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old finished the 68-run win with 4-41 in just his second international game back after a 15-month lay-off due to a chronic back injury.

Not only did he claim the key wickets of Martin Guptill (45) and skipper Kane Williamson (81), he proved there was substance to his claim he hadn't lost any pace following years of injury setbacks.

He regularly hit 150km/h and the ball to remove Guptill was clocked at 148.6km/h.

"I was unfortunate enough to face those balls in the nets," Australian opener David Warner said.

"For Patty it's just great to see him back on the park again, he's been working his backside off to get fit and ready.

"He's had the misfortune of a couple of injuries that have sidelined him for big amounts of time. He's just pumped to be back in the green and gold. I'm stoked for him.

"He was a little bit rusty last game but he executed his plans tonight.

"It did take a couple of balls to get in, he did tell me at the top of his mark he couldn't quite work out why, he was floating them up there a few times in the first over. Once he got into his rhythm, he was fantastic."

Cummins was predicted to be Australia's next big thing following his sensational Test debut as an 18-year-old in South Africa in 2011.

But injuries have restricted him to just 20 ODIs since then and he has not played any further Tests.

There would be a temptation to rush a fit and firing Cummins back into the Test team, however coaching staff are expected to take a cautious approach in his management.

Because of the Australian schedule, he will not play a Sheffield Shield game prior to February's tour of India, meaning he is likely to be left off the plane.

He said last week he wanted to build up his strength in first-class cricket before dipping his toes back in the Test arena.

He will now be aiming for the 2017-18 home Ashes series as a chance to return to the Test side.

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