UTS Elite Athlete Program scholar and Bachelor of Business student Patrick Cummins recently made his test debut with the Australia Cricket Team in South Africa.
As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald on the 22 November, he "saved Australia" and with his man of the match performance led Australia to victory over the South African team.
Patrick Cummins made his debut for New South Wales during the 2010-11 season. He was particularly impressive in his maiden Big Bash season - topping the bowling charts with 11 wickets at 14.09, conceding only 6.59 runs an over. He was offered a contract for 2011-12 season, becoming the youngest player to be contracted since the current system was introduced in 1998.
In September 2011 he was named in Australia's Twenty20 and One Day International squads for the tour to South Africa. This season he competed in three one-day internationals and two 20/20 matches for Australia and was also selected in the Australian test squad for the upcoming test series against South Africa. At a recent Sydney Cricket Club lunch he was named as "one to watch" by both Brett Lee and Alan Jones.
UTS Union Director, Programs and Sport, Liz Brett said Pat's performance in the recent victory against South Africa was thrilling for Pat and all other athletes in the UTS Elite Athlete Program.
"UTS staff, students and alumni can only feel pride in Pat's achievements," Ms Brett said. "UTS consistently punches above its weight in athletics and sports at an elite level in Australia and in the major international contests, including the Olympic Games. It is a strength we are committed to build on and I encourage budding athletes studying at UTS to consider joining the Program."