Rar­ing to take on Eng­land, Cum­mins seeks en­forcer sta­tus

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

SIX years af­ter his baggy green de­but, Aus­tralian quick Pat Cum­mins wants to make up for lost time in his first home Test series and take over Mitchell John­son’s Ashes en­forcer role.

The for­mer in­jury-plagued speed­ster says he is in ca­reerbest shape and rar­ing to in- tim­i­date Eng­land in the up­com­ing Ashes - much like John­son did in 2013.

In the last home Ashes series, fiery left-arm quick John­son ter­rorised Eng­land as he claimed 37 wick­ets to help seal Aus­tralia’s 5-0 white­wash.

It’s a hard act to fol­low.

But af­ter years of watch­ing home Tests from the side­lines nurs­ing seem­ingly end­less in­juries, Cum­mins, 24, is fi­nally primed to con­front Eng­land on Aus­tralian soil, start­ing at the Gabba on Novem­ber 23.

“We saw what Mitchell John­son did last Ashes series here - it would be a role I would love to play,” Cum­mins said.

“As a fast bowler, it’s (about) get­ting in their face and be­ing re­lent­less in ev­ery­thing we do. I just can’t wait to get out there.

“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.” Cum­mins burst onto the in­ter­na­tional scene at 18 in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond Test win in South Africa in Novem­ber 2011.

In­juries - largely back stress frac­tures - en­sured he didn’t play an­other Test un­til March this year.

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