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Pat Cummins stated that he is prepared to share the workload concerning the Australian limited-overs captaincy with David Warner or even lead the side on a rotational basis. Ex-Australia captain Aaron Finch announced his ODI retirement in September. Australia will have to hand over the baton to a new leader with the 50-over World Cup 2023 scheduled to be held in India next year.
Cummins stated that it is not easy to manage the workload in the modern game especially with him being a fast bowler. He felt that it was better to have a captaincy committee to divide the role. “(It is) something I’d be open to,” Cummins was quoted as saying in News 18, ahead of the 20-20 World Cup warm-up match against India. “Playing every single game isn’t realistic. It would be really seamless if you had a committee. The style of just about everyone in the team is really similar. We’ve got some great leaders in the team; we all get along great.”
A lifetime ban was slapped on David Warner concerning leadership after the ball-tampering scandal took place in South Africa four years earlier and now Cricket Australia wants to quash the ban. David Warner being part of the leadership group again will work wonders for the Kangaroos as he is also one of their main batters and he will be a pivotal part of Australia’s 20-20 World Cup title defence.
Pat Cummins added that the team would be more than happy to see David Warner take the leadership roles once again. “There’s a few barriers at the moment, but certainly if they were removed, there wouldn’t be any qualms from any of the playing or coaching group,” he said. “He’d be awesome at it.” He added. “He’s a scary proposition for any opposition,” Cummins said throwing his weight behind the opener. “He’s got 3,000 T20 international runs to his name, and he’s still brave enough to take the game on. Big tournament for him, I’m sure.”
Finch has been making headlines, for his bad run of form has been a talking point with the Australia captain managing just one fifty in his last 10 T20 Internationals. Finch will want to rectify the form slump and play well in the 20-20 World Cup at home so that Australia will have a good title defence.