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Practice your bouncers: Cummins to England

Australian paceman Pat Cummins has a message for England's batsmen ahead of this year's Ashes series, as he prepares to play his first Test on home soil.

Practice your bouncers: Cummins to England

Australian paceman Pat Cummins has a message for England's batsmen ahead of this year's Ashes series, as he prepares to play his first Test on home soil.

Australian paceman Pat Cummins says he's ready for the Ashes and is excited to explore the pace and bounce of Australia's wickets when he makes his home Test debut.

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The 24-year-old also has a message for England's batsmen, saying he hopes they've been facing plenty of short-pitched bowling in the nets.


Cummins had a sparkling Test debut in South Africa in 2011, aged just 18, before a series of injuries pushed him out of the international circuit.

His return this year has included two stints in India and two in Bangladesh, but a home Test has remained illusive.

"Just playing a Test match in Australia will be a pretty weird feeling," Cummins told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

He also hopes it'll be a bit weird for England's batsmen, facing up on unfamiliar pitches.

"I think no one really likes it if you've got real pace and real accuracy," Cummins said.

"But I think especially those kind of guys, they play on slower wickets, not as much bounce.

"So over here and in South Africa as well, that's probably one of our biggest strengths as batsmen - we grew up on these wickets and as bowlers, getting bounce has always been really important.

"So I think just trying to make it as different to their home conditions as possible, and normally bouncy, fast wickets and short balls are definitely that."

His message for the soon-to-be-touring batsmen?

"Hope you practice your bouncers because we'll be bowling a lot of them I think," Cummins said.

The right-arm quick said he's now feeling "really good" physically and is definitely targeting a spot in the squad for the Ashes, starting in Brisbane in November.

"That's probably one of the main reasons why I came back from the T20 series," he said, referring to his recent return from India.

"To try and rest up, get a week or two of lighter load before we start gearing up for the Shield games and for the Ashes."

Cummins said taking on England this summer would be particularly notable as he's spent the past few years appreciating the home Tests as a spectator.

"Watching the one-dayers and the T20 sides I think 'I should be out there', but the Test matches I haven't really been close to," he said.

"I've just been watching as a fan, so to go out there would be, I think, doubly special."

For now, Cummins has two matches remaining with the NSW side in the domestic one-day competition, against Queensland on Friday and Victoria on Saturday.


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