Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo: Twitter)

Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne has said that speedster Pat Cummins is the poster boy of the Australia National Cricket Team, and he should be named as the new red-ball captain of Australia after Tim Paine stepped down from his role.

Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine recently resigned from his role after media revelations that he had been investigated and cleared over sending messages of sexual nature to a female colleague four years ago.

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Shane Warne said that it’s the right time for Pat Cummins to take over the captaincy responsibility just a few weeks before the marquee Ashes 2021-22 series.

Warne also talked about Paine’s replacement in the team and said that Matthew Wade, Josh Inglis or Alex Carey can be added to the Playing XI. However, he personally wanted Josh Inglis in the team as he is a great team man and is still a young cricketer. Former Australian spinner said:

For me, the time is right to make Pat Cummins captain, something I thought even before the events of Friday unfolded. The poster boy, respected and loved the world over, Pat Cummins should now be named captain, and either Matt Wade, Josh Inglis or Alex Carey should get their chance to come in and play Paine’s role in the Test team.”

“Inglis gets my vote. He’s got silky smooth hands behind the stumps, he’s a 360 degree player with the bat and coming off three first class hundreds last season for Western Australia. He’s a great team man who I saw first hand at the London Spirit this year. He’s 26. Get him in,” Warne wrote in Australia’s The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.

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I Really Feel For Him, What He’s Going Through – Shane Warne On Tim Paine

Shane Warne
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After Steve Smith was banned from cricket, Paine was made Australia’s red-ball captain following the sandpaper ball-tampering incident in 2018.

Meanwhile, Warne said that it’s sad to see what Paine is going through. He also added that sportspersons are human, and they have feelings, and they do mistakes, so fans should stop being judgemental. He said:

“It was sad to see what happened last Friday on so many levels and the circumstances in which Tim was forced to stand down. I really feel for him, what he’s going through, and what his family is going through.

I’m not judging him on this incident. Just because Tim is in the public eye doesn’t mean he won’t make a mistake. Sportspersons are human, they have feelings. Let’s stop the judgement. It’s not our place to do that,” Warne added.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Twitter)

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