Australia quick Pat Cummins has fired an early shot in the Ashes war of words, warning England's misfiring batting unit to prepare for a trial by bouncer this summer.
Cummins was pulled from Australia's ongoing T20 international tour to prepare for the Magellan Ashes and his first Test series on home soil, and it appears he's going to spend that time practicing some sweet chin music ahead of the first Test at the Gabba on November 23.
"Hope you practice your bouncers because we'll be bowling a lot of them," Cummins warned England in Sydney on Thursday.
"No one really likes it if you've got real pace and real accuracy, especially those kind of guys.
"They play on slower wickets, not as much bounce, so over here and in South Africa as well, it's one of our biggest strengths.
"As batsmen, we grow up on these wickets and as bowlers getting bounce has always been really important.
"I think trying to make it as different to their home conditions as possible and normal bouncy, fast wickets and short balls are definitely that."
Cummins, capable of hitting speeds in excess of 150kph along with Mitchell Starc, said he doesn't mind leading the charge and taking on the position of chief intimidator.
"I'd love to play that role," he said. "I think we're lucky that there's a few of us who are all pretty tall and get a bit of bounce and like to bowl with a bit of pace.
"Hopefully the wickets have a bit of pace and bounce in them, there's nothing like getting your adrenalin up and then running in trying to bowl short."
Four years ago human wrecking ball Mitchell Johnson destroyed England in the 2013-14 Ashes, a stunning performance that saw the left-armer capture 37 wickets in the 5-0 series whitewash.
Johnson bowled at extreme pace and used the short ball to great effect in that series and in turn drawing up a blueprint on how to bowl to England's batsmen on home soil.
The Western Australian, like Cummins, was also withdrawn from the limited-overs tour of India that preceded the Ashes four summers ago, and Cummins is taking inspiration from Johnson's remarkable series.
"To watch Johno (Johnson) do what he did, (he) kept the whole morale of the side and Australia up against the Poms almost single-handedly.
"It shows the importance a really quick bowler can have and hopefully one of us three or four guys can do a similar job."
If bowling thunderbolts wasn't intimidating enough, Johnson relentlessly sledged England's batsmen, from opener to No.11, the last time they toured Australia.
That kind of verbal hostility from Johnson is what Australia's current pace battery will look to employ and not solely rely on their express velocity.
"I think we all show our aggression differently and you probably tailor it towards which batsman you're bowling to," Cummins said.
"I thought that was one of the things along with the 150kph bouncer that really intimidates them so not just bowling, hopefully that's not our only tool.
"I'm not quite quick-witted enough to come up with too many sledges but hopefully we can show our aggression in other ways."
England Test squad: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Steven Finn, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.
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