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The Ashes: Cummins braced for tougher times

Australian Test captain Pat Cummins could not have asked for a better start to his reign but says more challenging times are sure to come in the future.

The Aussies have already won the Ashes series against England and are priced at 9/2 to go on and complete a 5-0 whitewash.

Dream start

The weather could potentially save England from that fate as rainfall in Sydney has already affected the first day of the fourth Test, but whatever happens Cummins could not have asked for a better start.

Winning the Ashes in 12 days is something he would not have been expecting when taking over from Tim Paine on the eve of the series but he says there is no magic formula.

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Same again for Aussies

Cummins has been his usual self and will carry on in the same manner with tough challenges in Pakistan and India on the horizon in 2022.

"Everything has gone perfectly," he said. "I try to be me as much as I can, I’m not trying to impress anyone more than what I normally do.

"I don’t think the biggest challenges have happened yet, I’m sure there will be some in the future."

Root kept quiet

Nullifying Joe Root, the world's leading batsman heading into the series, is something that Cummins and the Aussies have definitely got right.

And he hopes that can continue over the remaining two Tests.

"I think he’s been batting really well but hasn’t played that match-defining knock," Cummins said. "I think everyone has bowled really well at him.

"As a captain I feel like I’ve got a lot of options to throw at him which is what you need when you’re playing against the best players in the world.

"He’s looked good, it’s up to us to try and keep him quiet."

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