Pat Cummins named Australia ODI captain to supplant Aaron Finch
Pat Cummins will be approached to juggle the Test and one-day captaincy in the wake of being appointed as Aaron Finch’s successor in the 50-over format. Cricket Australia affirmed on Tuesday that Cummins would assume responsibility for the one-day side, making him the country’s 27th men’s ODI captain.
The speedy’s first duty in the format will be to lead Australia against England in next month’s ODI series, which happens after the home T20 World Cup. Cummins’ appointment comes notwithstanding worries over his workload, with the 29-year-old having regularly been refreshed from white-ball cricket in recent years.
Anyway selectors have made the call with an eye on the next year’s 50-over World Cup, giving Cummins the captaincy for a full year before that competition.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed playing under Finchy and have learnt an enormous amount from his leadership.” Cummins said. “They are significant shoes to fill although we are extremely fortunate to have a one-day squad with a huge amount of experience.”
Cummins had said as recently as Sunday he was available to a rotation-type policy on the ODI captaincy, with David Warner’s leadership boycott set to be looked into. Warner was viewed as one of a few options for the position, especially given he is a certain selection. Steve Smith and Alex Carey were among other likely competitors, after Mitch Marsh last month controlled himself out of the race.
In raising the chance of shared captaincy, Cummins highlighted the way that playing in each match was not sensible for him, and that a committee-style way to deal with the leadership could be an option. In any case, authorities have affirmed their preference for uniformity, after Cummins’ big first year in charge of the Test side.
“We are very fortunate to have a number of high-quality leaders and senior players across all formats,” high performance boss Ben Oliver said. “The board and selectors agree Pat is the ideal choice to lead the ODI team through the next period including the 2023 World Cup.”
Australia’s selectors could likewise confront a call on the T20 captaincy in the coming months, with Finch yet to decide if he will bow out from all international cricket after the current month’s World Cup. Finch reported his retirement from the ODI game last month, and said last weekend he had not yet thought to be his future in the T20 format.