Cummins intends to target the 'head of the snake' so to speak by going after Root and opener Alastair Cook.
"We're lucky there's a
few of us who are all pretty tall and get a bit of bounce with a bit of
pace," said Cummins in Sydney.
"I'd love to play that (intimidation) role, hopefully the wickets
have a bit of pace and bounce in them, getting the adrenaline up and
running in and trying to bowl quick.
"No one really likes it if you've got real pace and real accuracy.
Especially those kinds of guys, they play on slower wickets where
there's not as much bounce.
"So I think it's trying to make it as different to their home
conditions as possible, bouncy fast wickets and short balls are
The first Ashes Test will, if everything goes according to plan, be
Cummins first Test on home soil fully six years after his international
debut in South Africa.
"Just playing a Test match in Australia will be a pretty
weird feeling, I've played five now but none at home which is obviously
what you grow up watching, so it'll be great to be part of an Ashes
series, it'll be pretty amazing," he said.
Cummins feels that sledging is only part of the aggression Australia will show against England.
The quick reminisced on the previous Ashes campaign where Mitchell
Johnson tore through England and said he would look to replicate that.
He went on: "That series, one of the most exciting in recent times
where fast bowling has really excited world cricket, and as a fast
bowler I was super pumped to watch Jono (Johnson) and how he kept the
whole morale of the side up at home in Australia against the Poms.
"That just shows the importance of having a really quick bowler and hopefully one of us three or four guys can do a similar job.
"I think we all show our aggression differently, you probably tailor
it towards which batsman you're bowling to.
"Joe Root's probably their most in-form batsman so I think he'll be
the prize wicket along with Alastair Cook, either of those two will be