Veteran Michael Clarke predicts Australia's future skipper
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Michael Clarke Predicts Australia’s Future Leader

Michael Clarke, Australia, Pat Cummins, Captain
Michael Clarke is bright future in a bowler. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The former Australia World Cup-winning skipper, Michael Clarke made a huge statement regarding the future Aussie captain.

It came ahead of the ongoing four-match Test series against South Africa. The claim has been made regarding one of the youngsters in the line-up.

The 36-year old Clarke has backed the Australian squad to clinch the trophy on the Africa shores. He further urged the national team to maintain the imperious record in the Rainbow Nation.

Michael Clarke believes a bowler is on the verge to become a skipper:

Michael Clarke, Australia, Pat Cummins, Captain
Michael Clarke praised Cummins. Photo Credit: AFP.

Veteran middle-order batsman Clarke had played a significant role for Australia. He stated the lanky speedster Pat Cummins is on the road to become the captain for Kangaroos.

“He is such a talent and someone I believe can go on and captain Australia one day,” Clarke told News Ltd.

Talking about the tearaway, Cummins has the potential to lead the team from the front.

The 24-year old Cummins played an integral role for Australia. He bagged 23 scalps in the Magellan Ashes 2017 series. Before heading into the series opener, Cummins sweated out in nets. He could play an imperative role on the South African soil as well.

Talking about the history of the bowler as a skipper into consideration, Australia last was led by the all-rounder Richie Benaud between 1958 and 1963. He further enjoyed commentary stint after representing Australia in 28 Tests.

The first is beginning on March 1 (Thursday) at the Kingsmead in Durban with Faf du Plessis making a return.

Cummins and his ordeal:

Michael Clarke, Australia, Pat Cummins, Captain
Pat Cummins didn’t miss a Test fixture. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

After suffering from the stress fracture, Cummins’ return has set an example in the gentleman’s game. However, blighted by injuries, it took Cummins little over five years to return to competitive cricket.

“He’s a great athlete and someone I always wanted in the XI in all formats when he was fit,” Clarke said.

Pertinently, Cummins, who made the Test debut in 2011 in Johannesburg. Interestingly, Clarke was leading his team that time around.

“His debut was fantastic,” Clarke said.

Cummins return became only possible when he was announced as the replacement for injured-marred Mitchell Starc. He featured in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February 2017. And there on, he did not miss a Test fixture.

The promising bowler Cummins has been remarkable with the ball. Managing the workload, Cummins has impressed one-and-all with his sheer pace and bounce.

So much so, Cummins has also been handy with the bat down the order from time-to-time.

“Everything we are seeing now in regards to his talent with bat, ball and in the field we saw on debut,” Michael Clarke maintained.

Michael Clarke, Australia, Pat Cummins, Captain

Listed 27th in the Test bowling ranking concurrently, Cummins was also praised by skipper Steven Smith for an incredible show. As of now, Cummins had played 10 Tests in which he bagged 44 scalps at an average of 25.

“He’s got a great set of skills. He’s able to swing the ball both ways at good pace, he bowls a good bouncer. He knows what he’s trying to do to get batsmen out; he sets batsmen up really well,” Smith was quoted as saying by Crick Australia.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor