Ashes bounce is a Cum­mins

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SYD­NEY: 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 told re­porters in Syd­ney yes­ter­day in a warn­ing to Joe Root’s side.

“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 150kp/h.

“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.

“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 five-test Ashes se­ries, which starts on Novem­ber 23 at the Gabba in Bris­bane, will be Cum­mins first Test matches on home soil. – Reuters

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