Gruelling Tours Paying Off

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

It wasn’t much fun at the time but Australian quick Pat Cummins has credited this year’s gruelling subcontinent tours for moulding him into a Test force.

The injury-plagued speedster has made his intentions to take over Mitchell Johnson’s Ashes enforcer role clear when the five-Test series starts in Brisbane next week.

The 24-year-old – who has been shattering the 150km/h barrier since he was a teenager – can’t wait to be unleashed in his first Test series on home soil with a juicy Gabba deck expected.

There is a question mark over whether Cummins can negotiate a five-Test series after his history of back stress fractures.

But the NSW quick said he finally believed he could handle the demands of Test cricket after enduring Australia’s tours of India and Bangladesh this year.

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