Sport

Chappell's fears over Cummins' workload

Pat Cummins, second right, has had a heavy workload in his first Test since 2011.
Pat Cummins, second right, has had a heavy workload in his first Test since 2011. Aijaz Rahi

CRICKET: Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell fears quick Pat Cummins has bowled for the final time this series.

Chappell said it appears skipper Steve Smith gambled by keeping Cummins in the attack during India's marathon 210 over-innings of 9/603 knowing it would increase the risk that the strike bowler would not be available for the final Test of the series.

With Australia facing a daunting task of trying to survive on day five, Chappell says it's a call that may not leave Australia with any happy returns.

Chappell told Cricinfo Cummins' lack of red-ball cricket preparation meant he was not ready for the trials of back-to-back Tests.

"That doesn't get you ready for Test cricket,” he said of Cummins' one Sheffield Shield appearance before his Test recall.

"My fear is he's worked so damn hard in this game and it may well be that Steve Smith was thinking, 'All right I'll keep pushing him and pushing him and pushing him in an attempt to win this test match. If we win this one then we'll worry about the fourth one later on'.

"The big question is do you risk Pat Cummins in that next Test Match?

"Steve Smith is definitely more comfortable using his quickies than his spinners.

"Sure, he used his spinners a helluva lot, but you can see why he wants that third allrounder being a pace bowler.

"I'm sure if he'd had Mitch Marsh or Marcus Stoinis in that side that they would have got a lot more overs.”

Cummins was forced to bowl 39 overs during India's first innings and finished with 4/106.

Chappell said India would force a result on day five, led by spinner Ravi Jadeja.

"I really don't like their chances of surviving with only eight wickets in hand now,” he said of Australia's batting order.

"The point was made during commentary about how many left-handers in the Australian side. I think Jadeja is going to be a nightmare for the left-handers. So I see India being 2-1 up after the fifth day.”



'Infectious smile': Loved ones mourn man stabbed to death

Friends and family of Andrew Vesey-Brown gathered to remember his life after he was fatally stabbed on July 10.

Final farewell to 23-year-old Gladstone man.

Speculation rising over potential BSL, QAL and Yarwun sale

The Rio Tinto-owned Boyne Smelter Limited.

Media reports potential buyers for aluminium assets.

DISGUSTED: Charity's letter to Garage Sale Day thief

DEDICATED: Blue Care Auxiliary volunteers David Molloy, Ted Mayfield, Viv Peever and Trevor Hall show an example of the assortment of donated items available at the group's monthly garage sales.

Letter shares disgust after thief steals from charity's garage sale.

Local Partners

SQUAD GOALDS: Under 13s dominate their netball division

Gladstone's under-13 netball team have returned from the recent State Age Championship as Division 5 winners.


Your Chance to Win

A Holiday to Kingfisher Bay!
Learn More

VIDEO: Girls can feel safe at Splendour

Punters at Splendour in the Grass 2016 at Byron Bay.

High visibility police will be among the crowd at all times

Dress code strictly active wear at city lunch

A design from luxe sportswear label Sport Le Moda.

Joggers, tights, jumpers and even sweatpants will be the dress code

Athlete faces tough new obstacle on TV

Olympic gymnast Larrissa Miller tackling the tough course.

She's no stranger to stepping outside of her comfort zone

Tamara's bittersweet MasterChef exit (take two)

MACKAY cook is pursuing her food dream after a heartwarming send-off from finals week.

Why Sleeping Duck turned down a $500,000 offer on Shark Tank

Sleeping Duck founders Selvam Sinnappan, left, and Winston Wijeyeratne.Source:Supplied

Melbourne university mates turn down hug Shark Tank ffer

Lisa Wilkinson portrait wins Packer Room Prize

A portrait of Lisa Wilkinson by artist Peter Smeeth has taken out this year's Packer Room Prize.

"The winning of this award is 99 per cent due to Lisa."

Ninja Warrior: What it takes to win it

Isaac Caldiero assesses Mount Midoriyama during Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior.Source:Supplied

Only six people have managed to successfully complete the course

Game of Thrones creators slammed for new show

Emilia Clarke returns as Daenerys Targaryen in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which premieres only on Foxtel on July 17.

The show's creators have already been lined up to make the new show

Naughty and nude: Pre-school book shocks parents

BOOK TIME: A Sunshine Coast parent has been left reeling after coming across nude pictures in his son's school book.

Have you read this book to your kids?

LG's 77 inch wallpaper TV has $40k price tag

LG's wallpaper TV shows off over 1 Billion colours in Active HDR with an integrated Dolby Vision™Dolby Atmos Soundbar.

Television that had tech journalists from around the world drooling

Alex beach or bluff at your front door

ALEX LIVING: 9/252 Alexandra Pde, Alexandra Headland.

Beachfront unit among the picks of this week's auction line-up

Open for inspection homes 20 - 26 July

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Sunshine Coast shopping centre on the market

Coles-anchored centre in high-growth area listed for sale

Island resort living from just $250 a week

Couran Cove on Stradbroke Island is undergoing a makeover. Photo: Steve Holland

Resort offering permanent rentals at almost half normal rental price