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Cummins on track to be back for Test against South Africa

Pat Cummins is on the comeback path to play in the Gabba Test against South Africa after returning to bowling in Adelaide.

Cummins has remained with the team for the day-night Test against West Indies, and spent around 20 minutes bowling on the ground before day three action on Saturday.

It marks the first time the Test captain has bowled since hurting his quad in the first innings against the Windies in Perth last Friday.

Cummins had always been confident he would play in Brisbane starting next Saturday, but the fact he got through his bowling session unscathed and with good rhythm will please medical staff.

It comes as Australia wait to see how Josh Hazlewood recovers from his side strain.

The seamer left Adelaide on Friday to return home to NSW for his rehabilitation, as he races the clock to face South Africa.

: Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Mark Wood of England during day five of the Fourth Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

The 31-year-old missed almost all of last summer with a similar injury, but Australia are hopeful the latest issue will only keep him sidelined for one or two weeks.

After missing the final four Tests of last summer’s home Ashes, Hazlewood was only picked for one out of five matches on spin-friendly wickets in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Similar conditions are expected in India in February and March, before Australia head to England for the five-Test Ashes series.

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