Pat Cummins opens up on Australia's ODI captaincy

After Aaron Finch has decided to end his playing and captaincy stint from One-Day Internationals, Cricket Australia (CA) looks for a perfect alternative to replace him as Australia's ODI captain. Alongside Steve Smith, David Warner, Alex Carey, and Adam Zampa, Test skipper Pat Cummins is considered one of the contenders in line.

However, talking about how much he is into the role, the fast-bowler straightway denied the idea. He does not find it easy to manage the leadership of two formats alongside being a fast bowler, needing rest often. Cummins, who won the Ashes Series for Australia soon after becoming Tim Paine's successor, says he does not want to rush any decision and is happy with the post he is at.

“I think if you were going to do all the formats and every game, I don't think that's realistic. Especially as a fast bowler, I think you do need to find windows to rest. But I think you can manage that as well,” said the speedster at Kayo's cricket launch.

“It's not something I have really thought about. I am really happy with captaining the Test side.. I don't think they need to rush into any decision,”

Where Warner and others are supposed to be 'strong' contenders to replace Finch as Australia's ODI captain, Cummins is already slightly low in chances. It is because the bowler has missed 28 of the last 66 ODIs, making his exposure comparatively low to the format than other contenders. 

Considering Warner, he is in conversation with CA to lift his lifetime captaincy ban, which was imposed in 2018 after an infamous Sandpaper Gate Scandal. Smith served a 2-year ban from holding any captaincy role; however, his ban regime has already ended since he led Australia in Cummins' absence in red-ball cricket. Alongside Cummins, Smith is not much regular part of ODIs.

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