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Let Cummins 'off the leash' in India: Lee

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Laine Clark

The spin-friendly sub-continent is the ideal place for speedster Pat Cummins to be "let off the leash" by Australia, Brett Lee says.

Injury-plagued Cummins, 23, was initially set to be groomed for a Test comeback next summer against England.

Remarkably, it would be his first baggy green sighting since his man-of-the-match display in his sole Test to date in November 2011.

But Lee claimed he saw enough in Cummins' one-day international return to convince him that the NSW quick would be ideal for February's four-Test tour of India.

Cummins took eight wickets - including a career best 4-41 - in Australia's recent 3-0 ODI series win against New Zealand, his first games for his country in 15 months.

Lee said it was time to ditch the cotton wool for Cummins and adopt a different approach - just let him bowl.

"Let him off the leash," Lee told AAP.

"Get him out of the cotton wool to let him build up the resilience in his body.

"They have been resting him so he doesn't get injured but he needs the opposite - he needs to bowl."

India's decks may be low and slow to cater for spin but Lee believed Cummins could create major damage on the sub continent.

"He would be a huge asset in India," he said.

"It is a tough tour for a fast bowler in India, but what Pat does well is bowl extremely well with the old ball.

"I think he would be a great weapon for Australia if he is managed correctly."

There is reportedly already pressure at Cricket Australia board level to fast-track Cummins' Test return.

The prospect of Cummins linking with Test new ball partners Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood and eventually the recovering James Pattinson (leg, back) has already earned comparisons with the West Indies' unstoppable 1980s attack.

But Lee believed it was too soon to inject Cummins into their three-Test series against Pakistan, starting in Brisbane on Thursday, despite his ODI success.

"It's like someone bowling a couple of balls in the nets and then asking them to play Test cricket," Lee said.

"He hasn't played enough red ball cricket yet.

"And that's not his fault. It's the path that has been created by Cricket Australia.

"But certainly in the next three to four months he can definitely play a role."

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