Australia are looking at candidates to be the skipper of the Test side once Tim Paine decides to call it quits. Steve Smith, who recently saw his two-year captaincy ban end, is one of the potential names. Even Paine has backed Smith and vowed to support the latter, provided he decided upon taking up the post. Meanwhile, Pat Cummins, who is Australia’s vice-captain is another one who can be considered for the job.
Last week, Paine named the likes of Smith, Cummins, Travis Head, Alex Carey, and Marnus Labuschagne among those who could take up the captaincy in the longest format. Cummins praised Paine and said he is currently happy being the latter’s deputy. “It’s nice to hear, I don’t think it makes me want it more or less. I’m glad being a vice-captain under him that I get that nod. He’s brilliant,” Cummins was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
Meanwhile, former Australian captain Michael Clarke has backed Cummins for the role. Here we look at the reasons why Cummins should be made Australia’s Test captain.
Cummins is a sheer performer and his consistency is something that needs to be cherished. He puts his heart and soul into the game and has gained plenty of character across formats. However, Tests are his forte and he could be a perfect successor.
Cummins is well respected and many would back him in this present Australian side. He has a lot of positive qualities and his humble nature could help Australia. He knows the side and can extract the performances from everyone else. Moreover, he is just 26 and can be groomed well before being handed the job.
In 30 Test matches, Cummins has claimed 143 wickets at an average of 21.82 with a best of 6/23. Last year, Paine was in superb form and claimed the highest number of Test scalps. He ended up with 59 wickets in just 12 Tests at 20.13. In the 2019 ICC Awards, Cummins was adjudged the Test player of the Year.