Adam Gilchrist has backed Australia’s fast bowler, Pat Cummins, to be the ‘difference’ for Australia as they welcome a touring England in The Ashes this winter.
Australia are bidding for their first Ashes tour victory since the last time the urn their shores in the 2013-14 series.
Cummins made his test debut as a teenager six years ago. However, his career potential is yet to be realised due to a long list of injuries. This has meant he's been limited to short stints in the Aussie side to date.
Nevertheless, the 24-year old bowler is ready to leave his fitness issues in the past ahead of the visit of England beginning in November.
And according to Gilchrist, he is capable of following in the footsteps of Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee by firing Australia to a winter Ashes triumph.
The wicketkeeper batsman told AAP: “When Mitchell Starc is hot, he is unplayable. He is world class, as is the ever reliable Josh Hazlewood.
“But Cummins I think can be the difference with his pace and his energy. He has been so impressive this year.
“The English were terrorised by Johnson last time they were out here. If those boys get it right it will be a pretty formidable attack again.
“On those difficult tours of India and Bangladesh, one of the shining lights was Cummins’ energy and effort,” Gilchrist added.
“The fact that he has strung together all those Tests this year, no one would be more relieved than him.
“He’s got confidence in his body now and he will be well managed. I can’t wait to see what he can do.”
Cummins has yet to feature in a home Ashes series since his international test debut and Gilchrist believes that the bowler can finally fulfil his potential.
The fast bowler has told Joe Root’s England side to expect a flurry of bouncers during the Ashes.
Speaking to the media, Cummins stated: “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 adrenalin up and then running in trying to bowl short.”
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