Swing remains big factor in England: Cummins on Ashes preparation
Pat Cummins was bestowed with the coveted Allan Border medal. (AFP Image)

There is no doubt that Pat Cummins can really crank it up when it comes to speed, but the pacer is looking forward to making improvements as a swing bowler before Australia travel to England for the World Cup 2019, shortly followed by the Ashes.

Cummins, who took 44 wickets at 25.61 across all formats during a 12-month voting period, was bestowed with the coveted Allan Border Medal at the 2019 Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne on Monday, in recognition of his success over the past 12 months. At 25 years and 279 days, is also the youngest Border Medallist since Steve Smith won in 2015 when aged 25 years and 239 days.

“There’s definitely things I always try and improve every time I train,” he said. “Obviously swing is going to be quite a big factor (in England). “A lot of the Tests here 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 trying to maintain pace like that. Every time I play and bowl I feel like I learn a little bit more.”

Overcoming a troubled back, that kept him out of Australia’s scheme of things, Cummins has quickly risen as his captain’s go-to man. In Australia’s 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka, Cummins took the Player-of-the-Series award with 14 wickets at an average of 7.78 and remains pivotal to Australia’s chances of retaining the Ashes.

“If you play a lot of cricket and you get injured, you can deal with that,” he said. “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.

“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.”