“The aim is always to stick to what you do well and when the opposition puts pressure on you, where you get caught is when you go away from your game plan,” Cummins said. “I think you will see maybe some slightly different plans or slightly different fields, but I don’t think you’ll see a drastically different approach from our bowlers or batters.
“What makes us good bowlers I think will hold true and if we think we’re going to get an lbw or caught in slips we are going to leave our slips in. The more you get into the minutiae you end up with a simplified plan so that’s what we’re going to be hammering home. I don’t think you’ll see too much different from our team. I think our best stuff is still our strongest suit.”
Whether that philosophy holds true will only be known when a pair of England batters get on top. It could happen as early as the first day at Edgbaston with a raucous crowd behind them. Regardless of how prepared he is for the series, Cummins knows there are almost certain to be times when he is under pressure.
“There’s going to be some moments of tension for everyone, which is exciting,” he said. “You talk about it, you hopefully have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, and at times you just go on your gut. There’s going to be high-pressure moments, but you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but out there in the middle of it.”
Despite Ben Stokes’ call for “flat, fast” pitches – and it remains to be seen how Edgbaston plays – which have been viewed as potentially playing into Australia’s hands, Cummins still believes conditions will be a threat.
“It’s still a Dukes ball, still the overheads come into play,” he said. “It’s still very much conditions that the home country grows up playing their whole life in.”
It’s a result that still stings those involved and for some, this will be their last opportunity of claiming the Ashes in England. The word legacy is being used about what the next six weeks mean for this Australian team.
“Even after the other day there was a bit of talk that we’d ticked off the World Test Championship, the T20 World Cup, a one-day World Cup, but we still don’t feel like we’ve ticked off an away Ashes series,” Cummins said. “It’s the aim for our group this time.”