Lee offers Cummins help
Back trouble: Pat Cummins after hearing of his injury. Photo: Channel Ten
BRETT Lee has offered to help the teenage sensation Pat Cummins ''clean up'' his action and help prevent the injuries that had frustrated his career.
Cummins, who took seven wickets in his Test debut against South Africa last year, is set to miss his second consecutive summer.
Scans revealed on Friday that he had a back stress fracture, sustained during the Sydney Sixers recent Twenty20 Champion's League triumph.
Lee, who endured similar injury battles when he was Cummins' age, said he had the experience to help the 19-year-old fulfil his potential.
''I'm not saying in any way, shape or form that Pat needs to change his action,'' Lee said.
''But there are some things I reckon I could help him with to make it a little bit easier on his back. The one thing you don't want as a fast bowler is hyper-extension and counter-rotation like he has, and as I did when I was at the same age as Pat. I had that same set-up, where there was a lot of twisting and turning in my action, which is where you get your pace from. But, it does come at a cost.''
Cummins vowed that the latest injury would not dampen his desire to bowl fast when he is cleared to play again. He said he would not be scared to extend himself despite the litany of injuries. ''It wasn't great news, unfortunately,'' Cummins said. ''It was not what I was hoping for or expecting. The good thing is I have time on my side. I never second-guess myself.''
Lee, who retired from first-class cricket to focus on Twenty20 leagues, said he would love to share the insights that Dennis Lillee, whose own career was affected by stress fractures, offered him years ago.
''I would love to get down the nets and work on some stuff with him, just like Dennis Lillee did for me when I was younger,'' Lee said. ''I'm sure he can clean his action up. This is a real blow.
''I'm shattered for Pat, because someone like him bowling 155-160 km/h at the Gabba would be exciting to see. It would be great to see him match what the South Africans have.''
While Lee said Peter Siddle and James Pattinson provided pace and aggression, he conceded that South Africa's Dale Steyn gave the tourists an edge.