Wiz­ard of Oz Cum­mins prom­ises Eng­land will get lots of short stuff

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AUS­TRALIA pace­man Pat Cum­mins has warned Eng­land to ex­pect a bar­rage of bounc­ers in the Ashes. Cum­mins, a player of gen­uine pace but frag­ile fit­ness, in­tends to chan­nel mem­o­ries of Mitchell John­son, whose re­lent­less short­pitched as­sault fired the Baggy Greens to a 5-0 white­wash in 2013-14. Eng­land travel Down Un­der look­ing to de­fend the urn, which they re­gained on home turf two years ago, but Cum­mins has given an early taster of the hos­til­ity they will face. The 24-year-old has yet to play Test cricket on home turf but clearly fan­cies his chances of un­set­tling the tourists’ bats­men when the se­ries be­gins in Bris­bane on Novem­ber 23.

“(I) hope you prac­tice your bounc­ers be­cause we’ll be bowl­ing a lot of them,” was Cum­mins’ mes­sage to Eng­land in Syd­ney. “No one re­ally likes it if you’ve got real pace and real ac­cu­racy, es­pe­cially those kind of guys. They play on slower wick­ets, not as much bounce, so over here and in South Africa as well, it’s one of our big­gest strengths.

“I think try­ing to make it as dif­fer­ent to their home con­di­tions as pos­si­ble and nor­mal bouncy, fast wick­ets and short balls are def­i­nitely that. “Hope­fully the wick­ets have a bit of pace and bounce in them, there’s noth­ing like get­ting your adren­a­line up and then run­ning in try­ing to bowl short.” Cum­mins, who was rested from the T20 se­ries against In­dia to pre­pare for his maiden Ashes, has made no se­cret he is look­ing to recre­ate the havoc caused by his pre­de­ces­sor in the bowl­ing at­tack.

“To watch Johno do what he did, (he) kept the whole mo­rale of the side and Aus­tralia up against the Poms al­most sin­gle­hand­edly,” he said. “It shows the im­por­tance a re­ally quick bowler can have and I’d love to play that role.”

Aussie fast bowler Pat Cum­mins.

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