The Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, who has impressed everybody with his raw pace and nearly perfect bouncers, has issued a warning to the England tailenders.
The quickie said that the England lower-order batsmen would be welcomed with bouncers, as former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson did in the 2013-14 Ashes. Johnson destroying the lower-order batsmen with a barrage of short deliveries was one of the memorable incidents from Australia’s 5-0 win over England in that Ashes series.
“Bounce them; they’re just like any other batsman. We’re lucky we’ve got a bit of pace, so over here on bouncy wickets, we’re definitely going to be using our bouncers, using the short stuff. They (England) have struggled against that, against Mitchell Johnson a couple of years ago,”
Cummins revealed his plans while talking to cricket.com.au. The young bowler further mentioned that in slow pitches where a batsman gets time, short balls could be used to disturb the batsman’s footwork, but in Australia, bouncers are a real wicket-taking delivery for caught-behind or caught close in.
Cummins had a fair show in JLT Sheffield Shield match picking up two wickets; however, he was overshadowed by his colleague Mitchell Starc who put on an impressive display picking up ten wickets. Talking about Cummins performance, Starc mentioned that the right-arm pacer bowled some unplayable deliveries with good pace on a slow wicket.
Cummins, who is yet to play a Test match on his home soil, had two sit out for six years due to injury issues.
“I’ve played back-to-back Tests a couple of times now, and I’ve felt really good, but five Tests in a summer is pretty brutal.”I feel like I’m in as good a place as I’ll ever be to get through five (Tests but) we’ll have to wait and see,” the 24-year-old fast bowler said.
Cummins had the opportunity to work with former Australian great Denis Lillee for few years and said that Denis is happy with how he is shaping.
“He advised me to take a week or so off and to do some strength work, as this will be a long summer.”
Recently, Steven Smith rated Cummins as the toughest bowlers to face, as he bowls with good pace and is not afraid to bowl short pitch deliveries. While all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said it’s a bit tough to differentiate between the trio of Starc, Hazlewood, and Cummins, but Cummins is a bit tricky to play for the right-handers.
“As a surprise ball, when you feel like a batsman is maybe lapsing in concentration or jumping on his front foot a lot. Trying to just play with their mind a little bit. Or the other one is when you see a real fear in the batsman and try to set them up then for the full ball. Hopefully, you’ll get them bowled or caught behind, just whenever you feel like the batsman is either not expecting it or not wanting it,” the speedster signed off revealing his plans on how he will use the bouncers.
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