Cummins says bowlers now “think twice” about bowling bouncers.
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Australian paceman Pat Cummins says the death of Phillip Hughes is still weighing on the minds of the country’s fast bowlers when deciding upon bowling short-pitched deliveries.
25-year-old Hughes was killed after being hit in the back of the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia at the SCG last month.
“I think it definitely does make you think twice,” Hughes was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“The first couple of weeks initially, certainly I couldn’t even fathom bowling a bouncer. Now, once you get into a competitive situation, you kind of try and put that out of your mind.”
The 21-year old added, “I think most of the guys are trying to not think about it and trying to take it for the freak accident that it was and go back to cricket. But I think certainly it is in the back of most people’s minds.”
Cummins is not currently involved with the Australian Test squad but is a good chance to be selected for the 2015 World Cup side.