Pat Cummins hopes to emulate Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes

Pat Cummins hopes to emulate Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes

After 4 years, at home, Pat Cummins wants to emulate his former comrade had done.

In his roller coaster journey so far, Cummins had to wait six years between his first and second Test due to the injury-plagued phase and has only played two Tests in succession twice, in India in March and on the latest tour to Bangladesh.

"Certainly coming through Bangladesh with the heat and everything I thought 'it can not get much harder than this". Starc played down talk that he had to dominate, just as fellow left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson did to secure victory for Australia in the last Ashes series Down Under in 2013.

"As a kid growing up, you watch a lot of Test cricket on TV".

One game is all it took to convince Mitchell Starc that quiet achiever Josh Hazlewood is the key to unleashing Australia's fearsome pace attack in the upcoming Ashes series. "That's a role I would like to play".

"I'm not sure fear is a word floating around our dressing room - I think respect is the right word".

Cummins burst onto the global scene in 2011, taking 7-117 on his debut against South Africa at the Wanderers but he had to wait six years to play in his second Test after numerous injury problems.

But Starc believed Hazlewood had shown in that WA game - his sole Shield appearance before the first Test starts on November 23 - that he would be Australia's spark.

"It certainly felt a long way away, for a while", he said of playing a home Test. "It all happened really quickly and didn't give me a chance to stand back and realise what I was actually doing".

"Having those five or six years [on the sidelines]".

"Whereas here it feels like I play a game and all I have to think about is the next game coming up".

Mitchell Starc says pace partner Josh Hazlewood's unerring line and length will allow his fellow bowlers to let rip at England's batsmen in the Ashes Test series.

Starc tops the Shield wicket-takers after two games with 17 scalps at 12.70 but denied he was in peak form ahead of the first Ashes Test. "I feel like I'm in the best position I can be, but we'll have to wait and see - there's no guarantees".



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