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Ashes 2017: Pat Cummins to target England with "Short Ball"

Bowling short is one of Cummins' potent weapon as a bowler.

By Rashmi Nanda -

Pat Cummins expected to join the Aussie pace unit along with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood | Getty Images

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, on Thursday, has issued a warning to England of a short ball attack in the much awaited Ashes series, saying it is one of the biggest strength of the hosts. 

Recently, Cummins returned to the country after playing the One-Day International series India prepare for the Ashes. He is expected to join the Aussie pace unit along with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the Ashes series against England.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, Pat Cummins said, “Hope you practice 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, 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.

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As batsmen, we grow up on these wickets and as bowlers getting bounce has always been really important. 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.”

Joe Root-led England Ashes squad has un-experienced batsmen likes of Mark Stoneman, Gary Ballance, Dawid Malan, and James Vince, and Cummins said that he would like to scare that unsettled English line-up during the home series. The Aussie pacer also said that he wants to play the role of Mitchell Johnson, who did in the 2013-14 series at home for his country.

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Cummins concluded by saying, “I'd love to play that role. 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.

To watch Johno (Johnson) 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.”

The first Test of the five-match Ashes series is scheduled to undergo in Brisbane from November 23.