Australia speedster Pat Cummins is all set to play in the upcoming Ashes series which is scheduled to begin in the next month. It is going to be his first Ashes in England. Although he did the tour to England back in 2015, he didn’t get to play in any game but this time he is hopeful of making an impact as he was in a good form in the recently concluded ICC World Cup.
“Absolute excitement being on that tour. I remember running with drinks in the Ashes series. I thought it doesn’t get better than that. Hopefully this time I’m playing so it’s a bit different,” Cummins said while speaking to Cricket Australia.
“I might have played my first first-class game in about three or four years that tour. Yeah totally different bowling action, I was still struggling with my body, to try and get many overs, trying to bowl back-to-back days, trying to bowl 20 overs in a day,” he added.
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He expects the brand of cricket will be fierce and intense.
“No matter who’s playing, it’s always fiery, it’s intense, it’s really good cricket. So I can’t wait. Although it’s been a lot of white-ball cricket, this is going to be a big series win, talked about for a long time in red ball,” he said. “The good thing is coming out of world cup, I still feel like in a pretty good shape, quite refreshed and body is good. So we got a couple of weeks to work on that Dukes ball. Don’t have to rush it too much.”
While speaking about the preparation prior to the Ashes, Cummins shared, “It’s about trying to get myself 100 per cent ready for Test match. I haven’t played a first-class game in a few months. So it’s going to be trying to bowl long spells, get the ball swinging, trying to think of ways to get batsmen out.”
“These guys have really good players. There’s no really obvious flaws, so you got to try and work the batsman out, everyone is in good form,” he concluded.