"We saw what Mitchell Johnson did last Ashes series here - it would be a role I would love to play." - Pat Cummins    Getty Images
“We saw what Mitchell Johnson did last Ashes series here – it would be a role I would love to play.” – Pat Cummins Getty Images

Mitchell Johnson had scalped 37 wickets at 13.9 in 2013-14 Ashes, including the best figures of 7 for 40. A moustached, brawny Johnson, for a better want of words, had reduced the English batters to nothingness. After 4 years, at home, Pat Cummins wants to emulate his former comrade had done.

In a report published by cricbuzz, Cummins said that he would like to play a similar role in 2017-18 Ashes.

‘Cannot wait to get out there’

“We saw what Mitchell Johnson did last Ashes series here – it would be a role I would love to play. As a fast bowler, it’s (about) getting in their face and being relentless in everything we do. I just can’t wait to get out there.”

Cummins has not played on home soil since his spectacular debut against South Africa due to injuries. He in fact made a comeback to the Test side earlier this year, playing in Bangladesh and India.

‘I am pumped’

“As a kid growing up, you watch a lot of Test cricket on TV. To be in that position where I might play in one, I’m pumped. It certainly felt a long way away for a while. I was pretty young when I first started playing. It all happened really quickly and didn’t give me a chance to stand back and realise what I was actually doing.”

‘Will mean a bit more when I step out on the field’

“Having those five or six years (on sidelines)… I think it will mean a bit more when I go out there. Now I’m at the stage where I don’t have to worry about it (injuries). I feel like I’m in the best position I can be, but we’ll have to wait and see – there’s no guarantees.”