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Anzacs inspire Aussies ahead of World Cup

By AAP Newswire

Pat Cummins says Australia will be fostering the spirit of the Anzacs to inspire them to Cricket World Cup and Ashes glory this winter.

The team arrived in the UK on Thursday ahead of a gruelling four-month stint which will see them attempt to defend the world title won in Australia four years ago and seal a first away Ashes series victory in 18 years.

After jetting out of Brisbane last weekend, the squad spent four days in Gallipoli and Cummins said the players have grown closer after visiting the site where over 8,000 Aussie diggers lost their lives during the First World War.

Ahead of flying in to London, the touring party laid a wreath at Lone Pine cemetery and recited the Ode, a moment the Allan Border Medallist said he'd remember for the rest of his life.

"It's about the Anzac spirit, the fight, the mateship, the incredible values they held here when they fought in 1915," Cummins said.

"It sets a pretty good framework for how we want to conduct ourselves and play our cricket.

"No doubt there will be times in the World Cup when we will be up against it and it's about pulling together like the Anzacs did."

Following the ball tampering incident in South Africa last year, the team are braced for a hostile reception from the English crowds.

But Cummins believes the time the players have spent together in Turkey has reinforced belief they can bring home the World Cup for a sixth time.

"I don't think any of us had been to Turkey before ... just spending time together has been priceless," he said.

"It's been the simple things, playing cards together, going across all the memorial sites.

"Spending time together in a place like this you can't help but learn something about yourself and your teammates.

"We've all had the World Cup marked down for ages and now it's almost here.

"I can't wait and am excited to get out there. Everyone is pumped."