Ricky Ponting, former Australia captain and two-time ODI World Cup winning captain, believes Test captain Pat Cummins would be the new captain of the squad in the 50-over format following the retirement of opener Aaron Finch.
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Finch, currently the skipper of the T20I, announced his retirement from ODIs during Australia’s recent home run against New Zealand, which the hosts won 3-0.
With less than a year to go before the start of the 2023 ODI Men’s World Cup in India, Ponting believes Cummins, 29, will be the ideal choice for the leadership role, although this will lead to an increase in his workload in international cricket. .
“I think it will be Pat Cummins, to be honest. I know he doesn’t play all ODIs for obvious reasons because his workload in Test Cricket, like all fast bowlers, has been very high in recent years. .”
“I know they are very conscious of making sure Cummins, (Josh) Hazlewood and (Mitchell) Starc are 100 percent fit and healthy for the big test series. But look, I’d be surprised if it was Pat Cummins not,” Ponting said on the ICC Review show.
Ponting further believed that Australia should consider Steve Smith and David Warner for any future leadership position in the white-ball side, which has been in place since the 2018 ball tampering ban in South Africa, citing the current vice-captaincy role of Test Smit.
“I’m just basing this on what happened to Steve Smith – he’s now the vice-captain of the test again after being the captain and really the center of the whole Cape Town controversy. He’s now the vice-captain of the Test, which of course means that if Pat Cummins ever misses a Test, Steve Smith will again be Australia’s captain in Test match cricket.”
“So, if that’s the case, and all things equal and fairly fair, then I think it would be good, as far as I’m concerned, that David Warner has his name (in the ring). I’m not saying that they should make him captain , but he should be able to be in the conversation.”