Cricket Pat Cummins: I am ready for Test cricket right now

Pat Cummins declared he is "ready right now" to make his return to Test cricket but conceded he will probably have to wait.

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Pat Cummins: I am ready for Test cricket right now

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Injury-prone fast bowler Pat Cummins declared he is "ready right now" to make his return to Test cricket but conceded he will probably have to wait until late in the Ashes series to get a chance.

Cummins, whose only Test appearance for Australia came in 2011, was called up to the tourists' squad to replace Ryan Harris, who surprisingly announced his retirement last week.

With the first Test set to begin on Wednesday, Cummins knows he is just about certain to miss out in Cardiff but the 22-year-old, who has almost exclusively focused on limited-overs cricket over the past year, remains confident he can make an impact if he is given an opportunity against England.

"I know I haven't played a first-class game in a year or two, so I think the jump up to a Test series was always going to be a big call, and I'm really fortunate to get the call now," he said on Monday.

Cummins added: "I do feel like the step up might not be as big as it would have been a year or so ago [though].

"I certainly feel ready for that step and over in India I was going to play a couple of first-class games [with Australia A], so hopefully I can do that over in England."

Cummins, who has struggled with various injuries since his Test debut over three-and-a-half years ago, has targeted Australia's tour match against Derbyshire from July 23-25 for a chance to prove himself to coach Darren Lehmann and captain Michael Clarke.

"I trained with Rhino [Ryan Harris] a couple of weeks before he flew off and I had a couple of really good centre wickets, so I feel it will be pretty seamless to go into a game now," Cummins said.

While Cummins conceded his return to Australia's Test squad has occurred in "not the nicest circumstances", the New South Wales paceman cannot wait to pull on the baggy green again.

In his Test debut, Cummins played a critical role in Australia's two-wicket victory against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Cummins took 6-79 in the second innings and then made 13 not out as part of an eighth-wicket partnership with Mitchell Johnson to clinch the win.

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