Australia's Pat Cummins looking forward to rekindle pace rivalry with Kagiso Rabada

Sport360 staff 16:10 19/10/2018
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Cummins and Rabada are set to go head-to-head once again.

Australia pace ace Pat Cummins is set to renew his rivalry with South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada when the two sides meet in an ODI series next month.

Cummins had been out of action with a back injury which ruled him out of Australia’s tour of the UAE but is now back to bowling after regaining his fitness.

The 25-year-old made his injury comeback with a JLT One-Day Cup clash for New South Wales earlier this month before playing in a four-day game this week.

The Australia-South Africa ODI series will rekindle the rivalry between Cummins and Rabada which started during the controversial Test series earlier this year.

In a series marred by Australia’s ball-tampering scandal, Cummins finished as the second highest wicket-taker with 22 wickets while Rabada topped the charts with 23 scalps to his name.

As the two sides get ready for their first meeting since the Cape Town episode, Cummins is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with South Africa’s young pace sensation once again.

“You always want to get one up on each other, but really you’re just worried about what you’re doing,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.

Cummins made his comeback from injury earlier this month.

Cummins made his comeback from injury earlier this month.

“He’s (Rabada) set the standard the last couple of years in fast bowling. You always pick up things watching the best do their stuff.

“We’re a similar age, similar bowling styles in that we’re trying to be attacking, bowl fast and aim to take those big wickets.”

While praising Rabada, Cummins also took the time to laud veteran Dale Steyn who continues his white-ball comeback following a frustrating period with injuries.

“If Rabada’s been setting the standard the last couple of years then Steyn was setting the standard for fast bowling half a dozen years before that,” the Aussie stated.

“He’s someone who always gets themselves in the game, he always the strike weapon, up for every game, he bowls fast, takes big wickets and is so competitive.

“It’s great to see him back. He’s had a couple of serious injuries but to get himself back and be a star performer again is great for the game.”

The three-match ODI series between the two rivals gets underway on November 4 in Perth. The ODIs will be followed by a one-off T20I in Queensland on November 14.

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