Cummins' body ready to kick-start summer

Pat Cummins is ready to start his summer of cricket after a hectic World Cup and Ashes campaign.
Pat Cummins is ready to start his summer of cricket after a hectic World Cup and Ashes campaign.

Australia's pace spearhead Pat Cummins insists his body has recovered from the gruelling England tour as he plans to kick-start his summer for NSW.

Cummins joined David Warner as the only player to feature in all of Australia's 14 matches in the World Cup and Ashes, sending down almost 300 overs.

The right-armer has enjoyed a four-week rest since the last Test at The Oval, and only returned to bowling this week.

He plans on playing a one-dayer for NSW against Tasmania on Wednesday alongside Josh Hazlewood at North Sydney as the pair's first game of the summer campaign.

The international Twenty20s and a Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia at the SCG are also on Cummins' agenda before the November 21 first Test against Pakistan.

"Four weeks, completely off bowling. It's as good of a break as you get as a fast bowler," Cummins told AAP.

"It was a pretty heavy stint over there but I had no real niggles.

"Other than fatigue there were no real red flags. I was happy to bowl as much as I did.

"The wickets were a little softer over there and the conditions a bit cooler so it was a little bit easier for a fast bowler than back here in Australia."

Cummins had maintained throughout the England tour he did not want to rest, and regularly consulted with coach Justin Langer over his workload.

The quick's body - which routinely struggled with injury for the first five years of his career - has now become of Australian cricket's most valuable commodities.

He is now undoubtedly team's strike bowler, having secured the No.1 world ranking in Test cricket this year.

He has been Australia's top wicket-taker in their past two Test series, while his average of 21.45 is the third best of all time for Aussies who have taken more than 100 wickets.

"I've missed so much cricket when I have been injured," Cummins said of managing his workload.

"I kind of want to strike the balance to keep playing as much as I can while minimising injury.

"I'm sure if I had minor injuries come up and I was super fatigued I might have rested, but we have that pretty good and open dialogue.

"Especially now we have six or seven bowlers around who can all come in and play really well.

"It makes it a bit easier, we've got a bit more of a squad mentality with our fast bowlers."

Australian Associated Press