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Pat Cummins has the credentials to lead Australia in Test cricket, according to James Anderson. The veteran England pacer wants to see bowlers leading international sides.

Anderson acknowledged that there a set of challenges which a fast-bowling skipper faces.

However, he feels Cummins is already one of the leaders in the Australian side, and would be good fit for the job.

“The only issue then is trying to get the time off – when you’re off the field, you want to switch off, whereas if you’re captain you’ve got to watch the game and be in it and you can’t switch off maybe as much.

“Bowlers do think a lot about the game, we are thinking cricketers now. I think he’d be good at it, you can see he leads brilliantly in the team, he’s a leader of the bowling attack and you can see he’s got that ability, so why not give him a chance.

“There’s lots of arguments why it would suit to have a bowler as captain, but it’s just not the done thing is it. Captains like to look good at first slip and look like they’re making all the field-position changes and doing all the good stuff. But I’m all for it.”

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