TEST legend Shane Warne says a lightning quick Aussie fast bowler will be the Ashes destroyer — and his name is not Mitchell Starc.
TEST legend Shane Warne says lightning quick fast bowler Pat Cummins will be the Ashes destroyer for the Aussies.
Warne says the powerful, yet oft-injured seamer can emerge from the pack as the man of the series by tormenting the English batting line-up throughout the summer.
“I think Pat Cummins is the man,” Warne said.
“(He) has been bowling so well without much luck.
“He’s finally fit, firing, he’s had a bit of experience over the last 12 months, he’s bowled some hard overs (and) he’s got to trust his body, now, in some tough conditions.
“So I think he feels confident with his body and I think he’ll let go some thunderbolts.”
Warne, who so often ran through the English batting with his mastery of spin, wants to see Cummins take on the Mitchell Johnson enforcer role for the Aussies.
“I’m tipping Pat Cummins to be the leading wicket-taker of the whole series and I think he’ll be the man of the series.”
Three Aussies head the list in the player of the series market at TAB.com.au, the punters unable to split Smith, Starc and vice-captain David Warner.
Cummins has never played a Test on Australian soil, despite making his debut way back in 2011 when he tore apart the South Africans. He’s been injured or recovering for every home series since.
He’s played four Tests in 2017, all on the sub-continent, two in India and then two in Bangladesh.
If Warne is right, Cummins is great value at $11, behind fellow seamer Josh Hazlewood ($11) and the only Englishman in single digit odds, captain and best bat Joe Root.
Cummins is again behind both Starc ($3.50 favourite) and Hazlewood ($4.25) in the most wickets market, at $8, with a pair of Poms in Jimmy Anderson ($4.50) and Stuart Broad ($7) also ahead of him.
As far as the batting goes, the big leftie goes all right with the stick, but you can’t get a market for him as Smith ($4), Warner ($4.50) and Root ($5.50) head the market.
The Ashes First Test begins at the Gabba on November 23 and can be watched live on the Nine Network.
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