The top five moments of my career
5. My first major title
The fourth edition of the (now defunct) Champions League T20 saw the winners of leading domestic competitions from around the world play one another in a three-week tournament in South Africa. Led by a 19-year-old Cummins as well as fellow up-and-coming quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, the young Sydney Sixers stormed to the title in what proved to be a sign of things to come from the budding pace trio. Those three were instrumental in the final, routing local side Lions for just 121 - on their home ground at the intimidating Wanderers stadium no less!
"We were undefeated and we lifted the trophy against the best T20 sides in the world. That was my first big tournament that I won. I was only 19 at stage."
4. My first home town Test
With the Ashes in the bag after the third Test in Perth, the fifth Test at the SCG was a homecoming of considerable significance for Cummins. Before that summer, he'd never played a Test in Australia let alone one in front of all his friends and family in Sydney, his city of birth. He duly delivered with an eight-wicket haul and player-of-the-match honours, as Cummins – and Australia – capped off a special few weeks with an innings-and-23-run win over England.
"Number four would be here at the SCG, getting man of the match in my first Test match in front of lots of family and friends to (seal) a 4-0 win in the Ashes."
3. My Test debut against South Africa
Six-and-a-half years have now elapsed since his first Test, but the story of Cummins' debut is no less remarkable despite the countless retellings. Reeling from Cape Town where they were rolled for 47, Australia drafted in an 18-year-old fast bowler with only three first-class games under his belt. Cummins promptly snared six second-innings scalps, including Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers, before hitting the winning runs in the tensest of finishes. Making that moment even more special is the fact it would be another 1,946 days before he would pull on the Baggy Green again.
"It feels like a long, long time ago now but it was just a great win, a great experience. I picked up man of the match so I just couldn't have asked for a better week. It doesn’t get a lot sweeter than that."
2. Winning the Ashes back
Having had season after season curtailed by injury after his breakout debut in 2011, the 2017-18 Ashes was Cummins' reward for tireless dedication and a reflection of how far his body had come since that breakout first Test. Five Tests, 23 wickets – the most of any bowler in the series – and 166 runs at 41; not only did he play in every match, he also made himself an indispensable member of Australia’s Test side.
"There was so much hype building into that for so long. To actually play all five Test matches … leading in I wasn’t really sure how my body would cope so to play all five, to feel like I contributed pretty well and to also win the series 4-0. It was just a great home series and I loved being part of the big crowds at home."
1. Winning the World Cup
He played only two matches for the tournament, but Australia's 2015 World Cup triumph remains a pivotal moment in the making of Cummins. With stalwarts Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson all playing in their final World Cups, the hosts ensured the silverware stayed down under after a memorable final victory over New Zealand at a packed MCG. While Cummins was surplus to requirements for the decider with Johnson, Starc, Hazlewood and James Faulkner leading the attack, the impact of Australia's fourth 50-over crown was not lost on him.
"My number one moment in my career so far is a tournament that I didn't actually play too much in - the 2015 World Cup win at home. It all culminated in the final at the MCG against New Zealand where we had 100,000 people all dressed in yellow, cheering us on. It was just a great six or seven weeks, we had so much fun. It was my first big tournament that I had been involved in (with Australia). We had some great players in our team who retired after that series with Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin. To be a part of that, to be seeing our plan come off that we had worked towards for so long – 12 months leading in everything was about the World Cup. So to make the squad, play a couple of games and just to be a part of it - that’s my most special moment."