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Pat Cummins has made it clear that Australia will bowl a barrage of short balls to England during the highly-anticipated Ashes series, which begins in November.
The 24-year-old seamer recently returned home from Australia’s ongoing limited overs tour of India in order to rest and recuperate ahead of the Ashes.
Cummins is expected to be part of the pace attack for Australia in the series, which is also set to include Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, both of whom are recovering from injuries.
“Hope you practise your bouncers, because we’ll be bowling a lot of them,” Cummins was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “No one really likes it if you’ve got real pace and real accuracy.
“They play on slower wickets, not as much bounce so, over here, it’s one of our biggest strengths. We grow up on these wickets and, as bowlers, getting bounce has always been really important.
“I think we’re lucky that there’s a few of us who are all pretty tall and get a bit of bounce and like to bowl with a bit of pace.
“Hopefully, the wickets have a bit of pace and bounce in them. There’s nothing like getting your adrenaline up and then running in trying to bowl short.”
With the Ashes set to be Cummins’ first Test series on home soil, he is aiming to replicate when Mitchell Johnson did in the 2013/14 Ashes, which Australia won 5-0. In that series, Johnson wreaked havoc with the ball time and time again, and eventually finished with 37 wickets to his name at an average of 13.97.
“To watch ‘Johno’ do what he did, (he) kept the whole morale of the side and Australia up against the Poms almost single-handedly,” Cummins said. “It shows the importance a really quick bowler can have and hopefully one of us three or four guys can do a similar job.”