Pat Cummins is set to share Australia ODI captaincy with David Warner | Cricket News


MELBOURNE: Test captain Pat Cummins is ready to be Australia’s one-day captain on a rotational basis and is even open to sharing the responsibility with David Warner, the 29-year-old said on Sunday.
With Aaron Finch announcing his ODI retirement last month, Australia will need to find a leader for the 50-over squad with less than a year to go before the 2023 World Cup in India.
Cummins admitted that multi-format players like him could not play every game and saw logic in having a captaincy committee and dividing the role.
“(It’s) something I would be open to,” Cummins said on the eve of Australia’s 2020 World Cup warm-up against India.
“Playing every game is not realistic. It would be really seamless if you had a committee.
“The style of almost everyone in the team is really similar. We have some good leaders in the team, we all get along very well.”
Warner was banned from any leadership role for life four years ago for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal, but Cricket Australia has begun the process of revoking it.
Cummins suggested the team would welcome the development.
“There are a few hurdles at the moment but certainly if they are cleared there won’t be any concerns from any of the playing or coaching group,” he said.
“He’d be great at it.”
Being Australia’s batting prop, Warner’s form will be crucial to Australia’s title defense in the home World Cup.
Cummins said the fiery opener was a valuable member of the team.
“He’s a leader around our group. Always has been, always will be.
“He’s someone in the Test squad that I lean on a lot. If things change, I’m sure he’ll be someone you’ll strongly consider stepping in if necessary.”
In contrast to Warner’s red-hot form, Finch’s drought has been a talking point with the Australian captain managing just one fifty in his last 10 Twenty20 Internationals.
“He’s a scary proposition for any opposition,” Cummins said as he threw his weight behind the opener.
“He’s got 3,000 T20 international runs to his name, and he’s still brave enough to take on the game. Big tournament for him, I’m sure.”


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