October 3, 2022
Australia News – Pat Cummins


Pat Cummins has admitted that it is unrealistic for him to be Australia’s sole captain in all three formats, as he again called for the lifting of David Warner’s lifetime leadership ban.

Cricket Australia officials have the next two months to decide who will replace Aaron Finch as the country’s ODI captain, with the opener announcing his retirement from the format.

A call on the captaincy of Australia’s T20 team is also likely to come soon, with Finch revealing last weekend that he would consider his future in that format after this summer.

Cummins has had an impressive start as Test captain with an Ashes series win, a win in Pakistan and a drawn series in Sri Lanka, but the fact that he has missed 28 of the last 66 ODIs makes the decision very difficult. Is. After taking charge of the Test team last summer after initially claiming he didn’t want to play all three roles, Cummins signaled his interest on Tuesday with a few caveats.

“I think if you were going to perform in all formats and every game, I don’t think it’s realistic,” Cummins told reporters on the sidelines of Kayo’s cricket launch. “Especially as a fast bowler, I think you need to find windows to rest. But I think you can manage it too.

“It’s not something I’ve really thought about. I’m really happy to captain the Test team… I don’t think he needs to rush into any decision.”

Cummins’ suggestion is likely to involve something along the lines of co-captains, something that has not been done in Australian cricket so far.

Meanwhile Cummins also backed Warner’s leadership abilities, pointing out that the opener had helped ease the Test captain’s debut over the past year.

Warner has been banned from leading any Australian team following the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, but said on Tuesday he would have the “privilege” of leading Australia’s one-day team.

Cricket Australia president Lachlan Henderson has also indicated that he wants the board to meet Warner, with the 35-year-old willing to talk to the authorities about lifting the long ban.

“obviously [Pat] is the key [on whether he wants lead the ODI team]He is the Test captain and he gets his first chance.

“For my circumstances, it is in the hands of Cricket Australia. I can only focus on what I have to do, and that is to use the bat and score as many runs as possible.

“My phone is here [if CA want to talk], What is done at the end of the day is done in the past. Good thing there is a new board. I’m always happy to sit and talk and talk about whatever they need to do.”

Warner is not part of the upcoming brief T20I tour of Australia next week, which means he is likely to meet CA ahead of the AGM in October.

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