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Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins restricted to six overs in PM's XI game against England

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins got the match practice national selectors wanted, but fans at the Prime Minister's XI game could have been excused for being annoyed at his overs being restricted.

One of the most exciting prospects in the country, Cummins bowled just six of his allotted 10 overs in Wednesday's one-dayer against England at Manuka Oval.

Cummins conceded 20 runs from his opening three-over spell with the new ball before coming back late in the innings for another three overs, finishing with 0-52.

The 21-year-old is working his way back from an injury-interrupted past two seasons and could play a vital role for Australia in next month's World Cup.

He is also likely to return to the Australian side for Friday's opening game of the one-day international tri-series against England at the SCG, with selectors resting Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood.

Cummins has played mainly Twenty20 games since his long-awaited return from injury.


He was one of the star attractions in the PM's XI team alongside Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, Test opener Chris Rogers and Canberra product Jason Behrendorff, the leading wicket-taker in the Big Bash League.

The rest of the team featured fringe state players, ACT representative Matt Condon and Papua New Guinea international Lega Siaka.

The selection of the PM's XI team was heavily affected by the BBL, with only certain players released for the game.

Cricket ACT chief executive Mark Vergano said the selection had become tougher given the crowded schedule with the addition of the BBL.

"We know the PM's is Canberra's game and it's the iconic one and it's the one where we're getting great exposure for someone like Matt, who is debuting in it," Vergano said.

"The PM's XI is about a balance of senior players and up-and-comers, which we have.

"It's a good essence of a PM's XI team and we've got some exciting prospects within the team."