Pat Cummins is going into the upcoming Ashes with a set plan - replicate Mitchell Johnson's breathtaking run in the last historic series against rivals England. With Johnson's fury still fresh in the memory, Australia come into the Ashes as overwhelming favourites mainly on the back of their pace strength coupled with question marks over England's batting.
Cummins is now on ice for the final week before the Ashes series with Australia taking extra precautions after his horror run of injuries.
A fearsome Johnson was the catalyst of Australia's 5-0 triumph over a shell-shocked England in 2013-14 with 37 wickets. "We saw what Mitchell Johnson did last Ashes series here - it would be a role I would love to play", he told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday (November 14).
"As a fast bowler, it's (about) getting in their face and being relentless in everything we do", he said.
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"I just can't wait to get out there", he added.
Cummins had to wait six years between his first and second Tests due to a rash of injuries and has only played two Tests in succession twice, in India in March and on the recent tour to Bangladesh.
"As a kid growing up, you watch a lot of Test cricket on TV". "To be in that position where I might play in one, I'm pumped".
Cummins burst onto the global scene at 18 in Australia's second Test win in South Africa in November 2011. It certainly felt a long way away for a while.
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"I was pretty young when I first started playing". It probably gave me a little bit of confidence and a little bit of patience.
"Whereas here it feels like I play a game and all I have to think about is the next game coming up".
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. "Now I'm at the stage where I don't have to worry about it (injuries)".
Cummins and fellow Test quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird have been rested for this week's Sheffield Shield action to be primed for the Ashes. It means more burden will be placed on Cummins, who admitted to being unsure whether he could get through an arduous Ashes series unscathed.
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"My body hasn't been in the position where I can play all the time, where at the moment I feel like I am now, " he said.