Duck! Here come Oz bounc­ers...

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AUS­TRALIA fast bowler Pat Cum­mins has told Eng­land’s bats­men to pre­pare them­selves for the bar­rage of short-pitched bowl­ing that awaits them when the Ashes se­ries be­gins next month.

The 24-year-old was brought home early from Aus­tralia’s on­go­ing limited overs tour of In­dia to pre­pare for the Ashes where he is likely to part­ner Mitchell Starc and Josh Ha­zle­wood in a tall and fiery pace bat­tery.

“Hope you prac­tice your bounc­ers be­cause we’ll be bowl­ing a lot of them,” Cum­mins said in a warn­ing to Joe Root’s side in Syd­ney yes­ter­day.

“No one really likes it if you’ve got real pace and real ac­cu­racy,” added the right-armer, who, like Starc, is ca­pa­ble of reg­u­larly ex­ceed­ing 150 km/ph.

“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.

“Hope­fully the wick­ets have a bit of pace and bounce in them, there’s noth­ing like get­ting your adrenalin up and then run­ning in try­ing to bowl short.”

Cum­mins made a sen­sa­tional test de­but as an 18-year-old in South Africa six years ago but has since had his ca­reer blighted by in­jury, par­tic­u­larly to his back, and has played just four fur­ther Tests and a smat­ter­ing of limited overs in­ter­na­tion­als.

Due to those in­juries, the fiveTest Ashes se­ries, which starts on Novem­ber 23 at the Gabba in Bris­bane, would be Cum­mins first Tests on home soil and he said he was keen to make a sim­i­lar im­pres­sion to that which Mitchell John­son made on the 2013/14 tour.

“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.”

Pat Cum­mins

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