Cummins intent on swing bowling improvement before the Ashes

The right-arm pacer will be crucial to Australia's chances.

Cummins stood out during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy | Getty

Pat Cummins knows how to generate sideways movement on any surface. But the ability to swing that red dukes ball is something he really wants to work on before the Ashes kickstarts in England. 

The 25-year-old won the prestigious Allan Border Medal on Monday, February 11 for his magnificent exploits throughout the summer and he is already looking forward to the five-match Test series beginning August 1 versus the arch-rival. 

"There's definitely things I always try and improve every time I train. Obviously, the swing is going to be quite a big factor," Cummins said. 

"A lot of the Tests here (in Australia), the ball doesn't really swing too much. So getting over there, preparing well, and trying to improve my swing bowling, that's definitely one thing."

"Someone like [Mitchell Starc] bowled 150kph all summer, so (I am) trying to maintain a pace like that. Every time I play and bowl I feel like I learn a little bit more."

Cummins has had a terrific one year with 52 wickets across all formats at an average of just 22.01. He was outstanding against India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and even better versus Sri Lanka.

Hence, only injuries, which once threatened to plague his career after that astonishing debut in 2011, remain a pertinent concern. 

"If you play a lot of cricket and you get injured, you can deal with that. This year I had a few months off with a back issue but I'd played so much cricket beforehand that I knew those big worries of the past were hopefully behind me for a while," Cummins added. 

"I just had a lot of confidence and knew I'd come back bowling well, get back in the side and all things going well, have a good summer like I did the previous year."

"Just having the ability to look in the diary ahead and plan out tours in my head, and just worry about bowling well as opposed to if I'm going to be in the side or if I'm going to be fit enough."

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By Kashish Chadha - 12 Feb, 2019

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