Pat Cummins Admits that he was “burned out” by the relentless nature of the cricket schedule when he returned from a frustrating spell of injuries early in his international career.
In his first interview since leaving India in the middle of Australia’s tour in February to spend time with his dying mother, the Test and ODI captain declared that he wanted to play till the age of 35.
However, Cummins said he needed to adjust mentally after coming back into the Australian team in 2017 after nearly six years out due to injury.
The rise of T20 leagues around the world means players have to choose between the riches of franchise cricket and the prestige of playing for their country.
In a wide-ranging chat with England football legend Rio Ferdinand, Cummins said that he had tried to find other things to do in his life outside cricket.
Cummins said, ‘Cricket is basically 12 months of the year, there is always a game of cricket going on somewhere and I played non-stop for a year or two. we are 8‘Get Real With Rio’.
“It was about four or five years ago, [when] I somehow came back from injuries. And I was just spent, like burnout and I remember thinking ‘jeez I’m 25 here, but I want to be doing this by the time I’m 35’ I need a way to balance all these different things have got it.
One of those passions outside cricket has been Cricket for Climate, a foundation he helped set up to reduce the carbon footprint of the game.
His involvement in the cause has prompted some criticism from right-wing commentators, calling on him to “stick to cricket”, but the 29-year-old plans to remain actively involved.
“Wed [Cricket for Climate] Like going abroad, India, England, there is a lot of scope for change in those places. Cummins said. [son Albie] future a little better
“I’d love to sit back in 10-20 years and show off the huge impact we’ve made.”
Cummins said he was still processing the loss of his mother Maria, who died in March about three weeks after returning to Sydney from India.
“It’s still pretty raw at the moment but luckily the last few months have been enough to spend a lot of time with mum,” he added. “But [also] us as children, and [with] Dad, and just sharing all those memories together.
“I think the kind of person you want to be, the kind of father you want to be, it hits home. So from that side, it’s been pretty cool. Lots of memories. But in terms of sadness I Looks like we’ll keep working through this.”
Cummins will return to lead Australia in the final of the World Test Championship against India at The Oval in London on June 7, before the Ashes starting on June 16.