Michael wants Cummins to lead Australia
With Australia currently not playing any international cricket, the captaincy questions are again doing the rounds. Steve Smith has again expressed his willingness to lead Australia should the chance offers itself but coach Justin Langer is adamant that there are no vacancies in captaincy spots at the moment as both Paine and Finch are doing excellently in respective formats.
However former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes that it’s now time for Pat Cummins to take charge of Australia in all three formats. He feels that fast bowler Cummins is fit and strong enough to play in all formats regularly.
It may be recalled that Cummons had injury issues in early part of his career but since his return to test cricket in India series in 2017 , he has not missed any games to due injury and has been the premier fast bowler in test cricket.
Hence Clarke now feels that Pat Cummins is now the best Aussie for the hot seat and the fact that he does not air his views on captaincy does not mean that he is not good enough.
I’ve made it clear what I think about Pat Cummins. I think he’s shown he’s fit and strong enough to play all three formats now, he’s done that for the last few years. His captaincy I’ve watched tactically for New South Wales he’s been pretty good,” Clarke said.
The likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon can lay their helping hands to Cummins, believes Clarke.
“Yes he’s young and inexperienced as a leader but he’ll have good senior players around him so to me I do believe Pat Cummins is the right guy to take over the leadership in all three formats at the right time. Of course, he will need a good vice-captain. An example of that – if Tim Paine retires then someone like Alex Carey comes in, who has captained South Australia, captained the BBL, been vice-captain of Australia.
I think he would make a very good vice-captain. You’ve got the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne. All these guys have got leadership experience as well. They can help Pat Cummins,” Clarke added .