Brad Hogg

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg feels wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey could take over from Aaron Finch once the latter moves away from the national men’s cricket team’s white-ball captaincy.

While Cricket Australia (CA) have continued to back Finch as captain in limited-overs cricket, his poor form in white-ball cricket has become a point of concern over the past few months.

With the veteran opening batsman set to turn 35 later this year, many feel that Australia should start planning for Finch’s successor. Pacer Pat Cummins is the favourite to replace him in the near future.

Hogg, during an exclusive interview with Times Now, backed Aaron Finch to continue as skipper until the T20 World Cup. He, however, feels Alex Carey may replace Finch after the ICC showpiece event.

“We’re still in the protocols of COVID-19 pandemic wherever we go to play so I would prefer two different skippers in limited-overs and Test cricket. I think Australia have enough squad depth to make two sides,” said Hogg.

“I love to see Aaron Finch as a white-ball captain although he is under pressure with his batting form. He should definitely remain captain till T20 World Cup later this year. After that, Alex Carey might take the role as many see him as a promising leader,” he added.

Carey has been touted as a future captain by several former Australian players. The 29-year-old also possesses captaincy experience, having led the Australia A and Adelaide Strikers in the past.

Carey, alongside Cummins, has also served as Australia’s joint vice-captain in limited-overs cricket. With Australia’s test skipper recently hinted at his possible retirement from the sport, Hogg feels the pacer should lead the Test team instead of former skipper Steve Smith.

Hogg, however, explained that the responsibility of leading the ‘baggy Greens’ comes with its cons and warned Cummins that he may have to manage his workload if he succeeds Paine.

“I think Australia’s most deserving candidate for the captaincy both off and on the field is Pat Cummins. I think he is a fantastic role model and a brilliant cricketer. I think he is just perfect for the role like he does for the New South Wales team. The only issue I have is that the fast bowlers do have a lot more work compared to others,” he stated.

“Pat may have to sacrifice playing other domestic leagues such as the IPL to make sure he is going to play the majority of the games in National colours. Smith might have a fantastic cricket brain but I don’t think the Australian public are still ready to see him as a leader,” Hogg concluded.

The Australian team will next be seen in action against West Indies. Both teams will play a white-ball series in July in the Caribbean islands.

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