Newshub18:Who is Australia’s next ODI captain in Ponting’s eyes?
Aaron Finch did not ask to leave Cricket Australia, but due to continuous failure in batting, Aaron Finch himself left Australia’s one-day captaincy. Who will take the leadership of Australia in his place – such a discussion is now in Australian cricket.
A few names keep coming back. Along with former captain Steven Smith and Test captain Pat Cummins, the names of David Warner, Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey are heard. In 2018, Smith was banned from leadership for 2 years after the ball tampering incident. As four and a half years have passed since the incident, there is no obstacle for him to take the lead. However, he has not shown any interest in regaining the captaincy yet. Warner, who was directly involved in the tampering scandal, showed interest. Cricket Australia (CA) said Warner would never be considered for leadership again.
However, in the changed context, he is interested in taking the ODI captaincy of Australia. When asked about leadership last week, he directly said, ‘I have a phone. The board can speak if it wants. I am also happy to sit and talkBut neither Smith nor Warner seems to be the right man to lead Ricky Ponting.
Australia’s two back-to-back World Cup-winning captains vote for Test captain, ‘In my opinion, Cummins will be the captain. I know, he understandably doesn’t play much in ODIs. Because there is a lot of pressure in Test cricket, as has been the case with all fast bowlers in the last few years. Cummins, 29, has already won the Ashes and series in Pakistan as Test captain, drawing in Sri Lanka.
However, he did not play in 28 of the last 66 ODIs played by Australia, he rested repeatedly to overcome the pressure of Tests. He clearly said ‘no’ in the discussion whether one can be given the captaincy of three editions of AustraliaAccording to Ponting, the 2003 and 2007 World Cup winner, Cummins will eventually be made captain despite not being a regular in ODIs. Speaking to ICC Review, Ponting backed up his words by saying, “I will be surprised if Cummins is not given the captaincy.”
Australia is currently in India to play the T20 series. The T20 World Cup is in Australia next month. Cricket Australia is getting some more time to decide on the ODI captain