‘Eng­land should ex­pect a bar­rage of bounc­ers’

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - WELLING­TON

AUS­TRALIA fast bowler Pat Cum­mins has told Eng­land’s bats­men to pre­pare them­selves for the bar­rage of short­pitched 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 prac­tise 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,” the rightarmer, who, like Starc, is ca­pa­ble of reg­u­larly ex­ceed­ing 150km/h, said.

“They play on slower wick­ets, not as much bounce, so over here it’s one of our big­gest strengths. We grew up on th­ese wick­ets 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 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’s first test matches 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 of the left armer, who took 37 wick­ets at 13.97 as Aus­tralia swept the se­ries 5-0.

“It shows the im­por­tance a re­ally quick bowler can have and hope­fully one of us three or four guys can do a sim­i­lar job.” – Reuters

PIC­TURE: AFP

RAT­TLING FEATH­ERS: Aus­tralia bowler Pat Cum­mins.

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