Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has warned England's batsmen to "prepare for bouncers" when they visit Australia for the five-test Ashes series, which gets underway at The Gabba in Brisbane on November 23.
England, who will be led by Joe Root, defeated Australia in the most recent series in 2015 to claim the famous little urn, but were thrashed 5-0 on their last visit to Oz, when Mitchell Johnson subjected them to an onslaught of fast bowling the English batsmen couldn't cope with.
Cummins will be partnered by Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, forming a formidable pace attack for the Aussies as their coach Darren Lehmann and captain Steve Smith try to reclaim the bragging rights in one of cricket's fiercest rivalries.
Cummins, who was recalled from Australia's limited overs tour of India to prepare for the Ashes, has had a career blighted by injury.
Since he burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old, he has played just four Test matches in six years, with his back being the major recurring problem. But he appears to now back somewhere close to full fitness and will be eagerly anticipating playing his first Ashes Test on home soil.
Cummins commented that he wanted to adopt similar tactics to those used by Mitchell Johnson which led to England's 5-0 thrashing on their last visit to Oz:
"To watch Johno do what he did, he kept the whole morale of the side and Australia up against the Poms almost single-handedly, It shows the importance a really quick bowler can have and hopefully one of us three or four guys can do a similar job," he said, as per The Metro.
He then warned the English batsmen that the Australian attack would be using their home advantage to the full.
Cummins added: "Hope you practise your bouncers because we’ll be bowling a lot of them, No one really likes it if you’ve got real pace and real accuracy.
"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.
"‘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 adrenaline up and then running in trying to bowl short."
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