The Ashes, 2017-2018 will start on November 23rd, 2017 in Australia and the stakes are already getting high for both the teams. Fanning the fire of rivalry between these two powerful cricketing nations, all-time legend Shane Warne said he would put his bet on the lightning fast bowler of Australia, Pat Cummins. The rivalry between these two teams is always fierce because England is the first nation to play the game of gentlemen dating back to the year 1611 and Australia started playing in 1803. Despite being the origin nation, England’s trophy cabinet is yet to register a world cup win for international one-day matches. However, Australia has five world cup trophies out of which they won three consecutive world cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Speaking of the rivalry, legendary leg-spinner of all-time Shane Warne believes that the fast bowler Pat Cummins will be the Ashes spear for the Aussies. “I think Pat Cummins is the man. He has been bowling very well but without much luck. He’s finally fit, and he is firing up his deliveries now. He’s now a bit of experience over the last 12 months as well; he’s bowled some hard overs and Ashes is the time when he will unleash his rage. He’s got to trust his own body now. I think he is more confident with his body and I think he’ll let go some thunderbolts,” Warne quoted. Even though the bowler is often on the squad but hardly makes it to the playing eleven because of his injuries, he can still become the man of the series by tormenting the English batting line-up throughout the summer.
According to Warne the best way to use Cummins in the ashes is as an enforcer. Referring to the captainship of Michael Clarke, he said, “I hope that Steve Smith utilise him in the exact way Michael Clarke used Mitchell Johnson in the last Ashes series in Australia as a real enforcer.”
It was not so long ago when Shane Warne would take it upon himself to destroy the opponents’ batting line up, but if he would bet on someone filling in his role, then it is Pat Cummins.
Cummins is yet to debut for a test match on Australian ground. Despite making his debut way back in 2011 when he tore apart the South Africans, unfortunately, he’s been injured or rested for every home series since then. Pat Cummins has played four tests matches in 2017. All four of them are on the Indian sub-continent. Two played in Bangladesh and the other two played in India.