Fast bowler Pat Cummins says a stop in Gallipoli has fortified the Australian squad ahead of what shapes as a testing northern summer through the World Cup and the Ashes.
The Australians have arrived in London and will soon set up camp in Southampton ahead of their World Cup defence beginning on June 1.
They had several days in Gallipoli en route to England, where they took in the World War I site and learnt what the Anzacs went through in treacherous conditions.
Cummins said the experience had been humbling.
"The first thing that struck me when we arrived was just the challenge ahead of the Anzacs, landing on Anzac Cove, it's just incredibly steep, and just the challenges they had," he said.
"They had three ridges to get over basically was their goal for the day. To walk across the top of them is just a huge concern. That was probably the thing I didn't understand fully until I came over here."
The Australian cricket squad at Gallipoli.Credit:Cricket Australia
Under coach Justin Langer, the Australians have embraced a fresh, less overtly aggressive, culture, and time in Gallipoli has also been of a benefit in this regard.
"Just the obvious ones, the mateship, the loss of your best mate, standing there fighting, I guess all the values we hold as Australians, learning that a lot of them originated from here," Cummins said.
"Just spending time together in a place like this, you can't help but learn something about yourself, about your teammates but just learning about the Anzac spirit, the fight, the mateship, all the incredible values they held when they fought here in 1915. I think it sets a pretty good framework about how we want to conduct ourselves and play our cricket."
The visit included a moving service at the Lone Pine cemetery.
"We were walking along the graves and learning about all the different stories. Just before we left, we laid a wreath and recited the ode and had a minute's silence," Cummins said.
"(It was) just a really special moment – one I will remember for the rest of my life."
Pat Cummins said he would remember the visit for the rest of his life.Credit:Cricket Australia
The Australians have braced for a hostile reception through the World Cup, particularly now Steve Smith and David Warner have returned from a year-long suspension. They are expecting to be a target of the English media and the Barmy Army but are prepared for what awaits.
Cummins, who as Australia's No. 1-ranked cricketer will have a significant role to play over the next four months, said time in Gallipoli had also helped in this regard.
"We had a week in Brisbane to try and get our cricket form back after a month off and just to get to know each other after a little bit of time off again," he said.
"Coming here to a country that we normally don't visit as a cricket nation, I don't think any of us had been to Turkey before, just the simple things, playing cards together, obviously learning so much going across the memorial sites, just spending time together is going to be priceless."
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