Despite making his Test debut as a teenager six years ago, Cummings’ career thus far has been one of unrealised potential as a string of injuries have prevented him from enjoying an extended run in the side.
The 24-year-old appears to have finally put his fitness issues behind him, however, and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Mitchell Johnson this winter by firing Australia to an Ashes triumph.
‘When [Mitchell] Starc is hot, he is unplayable. He is world class, as is the ever reliable [Josh] Hazlewood,’ legendary wicketkeeper batsman Gilchrist told AAP.
‘But Cummins I think can be the difference with his pace and his energy. He has been so impressive this year.
‘The English were terrorised by Johnson last time they were out here. If those boys get it right it will be a pretty formidable attack again.’
Cummins has missed every home summer series for the past six years but Gilchrist believes the bowler can now finally realise his true potential.
‘On those difficult tours of India and Bangladesh, one of the shining lights was Cummins’ energy and effort,’ Gilchrist added.
‘The fact that he has strung together all those Tests this year, no one would be more relieved than him.
‘He’s got confidence in his body now and he will be well managed. I can’t wait to see what he can do.’
Cummins, for his part, appears to be in bullish mood as he prepares to take on England, telling Joe Root’s side to expect a barrage of bouncers during the Ashes.
Speaking to the media last week, he said: ‘No one really likes it if you’ve got real pace and real accuracy. They play on slower wickets, not as much bounce, so over here… it’s one of our biggest strengths.
‘We grow up on these wickets and as bowlers getting bounce has always been really important.
‘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.’