Ashes digest: Pat Cummins wants to emulate Mitchell Johnson

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

After an injury-ravaged start to his career, Cummins is finally set to play his first Test on home soil six years.

It's a hard act to follow. Even though he is uncertain that his body can handle the demands of five Ashes Tests, the young pacer hopes to emulate Mitchell Johnson and become a force to reckon with against England's batting line-up.

Australia paceman Pat Cummins is plotting to take a leaf out of Mitchell Johnson's book by tormenting the England batsmen during the Ashes series.England were unable to cope with Johnson's hostile bowling during their previous tour in 2013-14, the left-armer taking 37 wickets in a 5-0 whitewash.

Cummins is set to take his place in Australia's attack alongside New South Wales team-mates Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon when the Ashes gets underway in Brisbane next week.

"As a kid growing up, you watch a lot of Test cricket on TV". "To be in that position where I might play in one, I'm pumped".

For the record England captain Joe Root said they were not afraid of the Test trio despite Cummins' tough talk.

"I'm not sure fear is a word floating around our dressing room - I think respect is the right word".

Cummins has not played on home soil since his spectacular debut against South Africa due to injuries. The 24-year-old has made a successful comeback to Test cricket after playing in India and Bangladesh this year. It certainly felt a long way away for a while. "It all happened really quickly and didn't give me a chance to stand back and realise what I was actually doing". "Having those five or six years (on sidelines) ..." But he comes into the Ashes as the most fit Australia seamer in the "Big Four" - Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird.

"Whereas here it feels like I play a game and all I have to think about is the next game coming up". It means more burden will be placed on Cummins, who admitted to being unsure whether he could get through an arduous Ashes series unscathed.

Starc tops the Shield wicket-takers after two games with 17 scalps at 12.70 but denied he was in peak form ahead of the first Ashes Test.

"I feel like I'm in a really different position to what I was the last few years".

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