Swashbuckling opener David Warner has backed his teammate Pat Cummins to lead the Australian cricket team in the future. The world-class fast bowler has been touted as a potential option for the captaincy role after Aussie Test skipper Tim Paine and white-ball captain Aaron Finch’s leadership style being questioned in recent times.
The 27-year-old is currently leading the New South Wales in the ongoing Australia domestic one-day cup. Despite the presence of veteran batsman, Steve Smith, Cummins was appointed as the captain of the team last month.
Talking about Cummins’ leadership skills, Warner said, “Pat is doing a great job here with NSW. He’s vice-captain for Australia and has been learning the role, he’s got a very good cricket brain.”
However, Smith has a different opinion about the idea of giving the captaincy baton to Pat Cummins.
The 32-year-old batsman feels being a pacer, Cummins might struggle as the skipper of the Australian team.
“I think being a fast bowler, it would be tough. But that’s not for me to really answer,” Smith told ESPNcricinfo.
Reacting to Smith’s comments, the 34-year-old southpaw said, “I understand where Steve’s coming from. It can be quite challenging. If you’re out there in a Test match and you’ve bowled x overs and been out there all day, it could be quite challenging.
“It’s up to the board … it’s not my place to talk about who will be a captain or who I feel would be the best person,” Warner was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.