Patrick James Cummins (born 8 May 1993) is an Australian cricketer. A fastbowler, he made his Test debut at age 18 and plays domestic cricket for New South Wales. Cummins is a fast bowler who regularly bowls faster than 145 km/h.
He joined the Sydney Sixers franchise in 2011. In 2012 he signed with the Perth Scorchers, but missed the 2012 season due to injury. He made his debut for the Scorchers when they beat the Adelaide Strikers in Perth on 16 January 2014. He was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League for the 2014 season.
Cummins was granted a Cricket Australia contract in June 2011, and in October 2011 he played two Twenty20 matches for Australia against South Africa. On the basis of his performances in these games (he took 3/25 and 2/26), Cummins was selected for Test squad to play South Africa, in what was described as a "meteoric rise".
Cummins made his Test debut at the The Wanderers ground in Johannesburg in November 2011, becoming Australia's youngest test cricketer since Ian Craig in 1953. Cummins took 1/38 and 6/79, becoming the second youngest test cricketer (behind Enamul Haque Jr) to take six wickets in an innings. He then scored 13 runs in the second innings, including a four to win the match, and was presented with the Man of the Match award.
Cummins was selected in Australia's provisional team for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Queensland in August 2012.
Unfortunately, Cummins' early cricketing career has been plagued with injury, primarily a stress fracture in his back. Cummins played his first game since October 2012 for the Northern Ireland Cricket Academy on 19 June 2013.
In 2015, Cummins has been called into 2015 Ashes squad after Ryan Harris retired 6 days before the start of first test due to knee injuries.