The former Ibrox striker shocked the Scottish footballing community by being called up to the Socceroos side for the tournament in Qatar after previously pledging his allegiance to the Tartan Army.
Now a fully-fledged adopted Aussie, the Central Coast Mariners forward has been rewarded for getting his career back on track Down Under with a place in Graham Arnold’s squad.
As Australia got their campaign underway against reigning World Champions France, Jason Cummings would also be involved in the game as he came on midway through the second half.
But the former Rangers star was powerless to resist as the might of France blew the Aussies away to win 4-1 on the night and get their defence of the trophy underway in the Middle East.
Jason Cummings powerless to resist as France blow Australia away
After Australia had taken a shock lead against France with Craig Goodwin scoring after nine minutes, the French turned the screw to show their superior quality as the game progressed.
Adrien Rabiot and Oliver Giroud had the match turned on its head by halftime, with Kylian Mbappe adding a third after Jason Cummings had been introduced and Oliver Giroud rounding off the scoring with another goal.
The other World Cup Group D fixture between Denmark and Tunisia finished 0-0, meaning Australia are anything but out of the running, but it’ll be a tall order for the side to get to the knockout stages.
That said, for the likes of Jason Cummings they’ll just be glad to be there and you’ve got to give credit to the ex-Rangers man for getting his career back on track following a series of challenging spells in the UK.
Ex-Hibs striker Cummings joined Rangers on loan from Nottingham Forest in the January of 2018 and had a series of spells at Peterborough, Luton, Shrewsbury and Dundee before moving to the A-League.
Not that the player set the heather alight in the match, with Australian legend Zeljko Kalac branding Jason Cummings’ performance in the game “minging”.