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Ashes digest: Pat Cummins wants to emulate Mitchell Johnson

14 Novembre 2017

A fully-fit Pat Cummins hopes to take the mantle as Australia's attacking enforcer, looking to replicate Mitchell Johnson's decimation of England in the 2013/14 Ashes series.

"We saw what Mitchell Johnson did last Ashes series here - it would be a role I would love to play", said Cummins.

Cummins burst onto the global scene in 2011, taking 7-117 on his debut against South Africa at the Wanderers but he had to wait six years to play in his second Test after numerous injury problems. "As a fast bowler, it's (about) getting in their face and being relentless in everything we do". The last few years I'd play a couple of games and I got sore or didn't really feel quite up to first-class cricket. "As a kid growing up, you watch a lot of Test cricket on TV", he said. Bancroft made 228 not out for Western Australia against South Australia, and last week scored 162 runs against Australia's Test... "That's a role I would like to play".

"(Hazlewood) was straight back into his Test form after one over of Shield cricket", Starc told local media on Monday. It certainly felt a long way away for a while.

"Having those five or six years [on the sidelines]".

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When asked about his hopes of playing in a full series, he added: "I feel like I'm in the best position I can be, but we'll have to wait and see".

Cummins may be using Johnson as inspiration on the field but the 24-year-old revealed the left-arm paceman had also provided plenty off it.

He played back-to-back Tests for the first time in Bangladesh in August.

"Whereas here it feels like I play a game and all I have to think about is the next game coming up. Now I'm at the stage where I don't have to worry about it". It means more burden will be placed on Cummins, who admitted to being unsure whether he could get through an arduous Ashes series unscathed.

"I feel like I'm in a really different position to what I was the last few years".

Ashes digest: Pat Cummins wants to emulate Mitchell Johnson