Aus­tralia quick Cum­mins hop­ing to be John­son 2.0

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MEL­BOURNE: Pat Cum­mins is un­cer­tain whether his body can han­dle the de­mands of five Ashes Tests but the young pace­man hopes to em­u­late Mitchell John­son and be­come an Aus­tralian wrecking ball against Eng­land’s bat­ting lineup.

Cum­mins had to wait six years be­tween his first and sec­ond tests due to a rash of in­juries and has only played two tests in suc­ces­sion twice, in In­dia in March and on the re­cent tour to Bangladesh.

John­son also had to come back from a string of se­ri­ous in­juries to re­gain his place in the Aus­tralian team be­fore dev­as­tat­ing Eng­land with 37 wick­ets dur­ing the 5-0 white­wash in 2013/14.

John­son’s ex­pe­ri­ence gives 24-year-old Cum­mins hope that he can also make a big im­pact in the se­ries start­ing in Bris­bane next week.

“We saw what Mitchell John­son did last Ashes se­ries here — it would be a role I would love to play,” Cum­mins told re­porters in Bris­bane on Tues­day. “Hav­ing those five or six years (on side­lines)... I think it will mean a bit more when I go out there.

“It prob­a­bly gave me a lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence and a lit­tle bit of pa­tience (see­ing John­son’s come­back).

“I feel like I’m in the best po­si­tion I can be, but we’ll have to wait and see — there’s no guar­an­tees,” added Cum­mins of his hopes of play­ing a full se­ries.

Cum­mins burst onto the world stage with a seven-wicket haul against South Africa in Jo­han­nes­burg in 2011 as an 18-year-old prodigy but only man­aged to play his sec­ond Test against In­dia in Ranchi in March this year.

Ca­pa­ble of bowl­ing at ex­press pace, he will vie with lead­ing seamer Mitchell Starc to be the chief ag­gres­sor against Eng­land, with the slower Josh Ha­zle­wood com­ple­ment­ing the pair with line and length.

Pat Cum­mins

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