Melbourne: Australia's newest pace sensation Pat Cummins is all set to cash in on his meteoric rise by giving his name for the lucrative Indian Premier League's players' auction next year.
    
"I see it as a really good opportunity to play in different conditions against the top players, and it's good fun," 18-year-old Cummins, who is out of action currently due to a heel injury, told a newspaper.
    
"I enjoyed my time in India during the Champions League and liked the conditions. I think with Twenty20 cricket you play every couple of days and it's not too many overs, so you never put too much stress on your body," he added.
    
Cummins, who grabbed seven wickets in his debut Test, said playing in the IPL would help him get acclimatised to conditions in the sub-continent which ensure good performance during international series there.
    
"...if you're going to play a Test series there (on the subcontinent) in the future, any experience over there is a good experience," he said.
    
His manager Neil Maxwell said the pacer will gain significantly from the IPL experience.
    
"All the players I have spoken to who have played in the IPL have said what a great experience it has been for them to mix with players they have played against over the years," he said.

Steve Waugh warns Cummins about IPL lure

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh on Wednesday warned teen pace sensation Pat Cummins against falling for the lure of IPL cash, saying playing for Australia should be his top priority.
    
"The priority has got to be playing for Australia, the baggy green is number one and everything else slots in underneath that," said Waugh.
    
"Obviously there's money to be made from the IPL, but I think as a young guy with his potential and his star quality, he's going to make a lot of money out of the game of cricket.
    
"And if his body is a little bit susceptible to injury at the moment his commitment has got to be playing for Australia first."
    
Cummins has announced that he would give his name for the IPL players' auction next season but Waugh said he should be cautioned about such a move by senior figures of the
Australian team.
    
"The senior players, people in like Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer as the batting coach, these guys know the value and what it means to play for Australia and I'm sure they'll be in his ear," he said.
    
Cummins is currently nursing a heel injury which has forced him out of a large part of the upcoming four-match Test series against India starting December 26.

(Agencies)