Australia spearhead Cummins targets all five Ashes Tests
Pat Cummins will skip the 3-day game against Derbyshire. (AFP Image)

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has expressed his desire to play all five Ashes Test and lead the country to its maiden series win in England since 2001. Australia have underlined the importance of workload management – especially their pacers – but Cummins is the only bowler who has played all three Tests of the series.

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The fourth Ashes Test begins September 4 and Cummins, the leading wicket-taker of the Ashes 2019 with 17 scalps at an average of 18.42, will get a much-deserved seven-day-long break as he opts to skip Australia’s three-day practice game against Derbyshire starting Thursday.

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Cummins has been bowling non-stop since the World Cup and despite having sent down 34 overs in the Headingley Test, the fast bowler feels he’s at a good place mentally and physically.

“I’m feeling really good actually,” Cummins said. “If you’d asked me that a few months ago after the World Cup and three Tests, I would have thought I’d be a bit more tired and rundown than I’m feeling now. So I’ll have a bit of a break after this and be right for Manchester, then see how we go.”

In the absence of Cummins, Australia gear up to unleash his fellow pacer Mitchell Starc against Derbyshire. The left-arm pacer is yet to get a game this Ashes, but by what Hazlewood has seen of Starc, the Derbyshire batsmen would have to bat out of their skins to tackle him.

“I’m sure he’ll be bowling pretty fast down there (in Derby),” Cummins said. “The couple of net sessions I’ve seen him bowl out here he’s been fast, so I’m sure he’ll be one to keep an eye on this week.”

Although Australia lost the Headingley Test to allow England to bounce back and level the series 1-1, Cummins felt Australia bowled well throughout the game. In the first innings, Josh Hazlewood’s 5/30 skittled England for 67 with Cummins himself picking up 3/23. Even in the second innings, with England chasing 359 for win, Australia had them reduced to 286/9 before Ben Stokes came up with a blinder of an innings.

“I think the most pleasing thing for us, one we bowled really well, but (also) I feel like we’ve got really good plans and processes to all of them,” Cummins said.

“Ben Stokes obviously had a day out (Sunday) and was probably playing more like one-day cricket towards the end there but we saw (on the third day) they batted for 70 overs and we kept them to two runs an over and always felt like we were in the game. All three games we’ve been in a match-winning position so we know how to do 99 per cent of it. Hopefully we can get over the line in the next one.”