Pat Cummins is going into the upcoming Ashes with a set plan - replicate Mitchell Johnson's breathtaking run in the last historic series against rivals England.
Cummins is now on ice for the final week before the Ashes series with Australia taking extra precautions after his horror run of injuries.
He is looking to the example that Johnson set in coming back from a string of serious injuries to regain his place in the Australian team before devastating England with 37 wickets during the 5-0 whitewash in 2013/14.
"We saw what Mitchell Johnson did last Ashes series here - it would be a role I would love to play", said Cummins. "I would love to be that bowler - along with "Starcy" as well - who can run in and bowl in short spells flat out as fast as they can". "To be in that position where I might play in one, I'm pumped".
Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will likely comprise the seam element of the Australia attack when the first Test starts at the Gabba on November 23 and the injury-plagued 24-year-old has eyes on emulating Johnson by giving the tourists a torrid time from the off. He has opted to stay out of the Sheffield Shield game for New South Wales and focusing on bowling in the nets in preparation for the forthcoming series.
"I just can't wait to get out there", he added. I think it will mean a bit more when I go out there. "Hearing Nathan Lyon and a few of the guys saying they were the toughest days of cricket they have played gave me a lot of confidence" added the bowler.
"I feel like I'm in the best position I can be, but we'll have to wait and see - there's no guarantees", he said.
"I know Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee were similar".
Having missed so much cricket, Cummins said it was extra special every time he stepped onto the field and the NSW quick declared himself fit and firing. "Now I'm at the stage where I don't have to worry about it".