Australia’s pace spearhead, Pat Cummins stated that he felt good when the current Test skipper, Tim Paine, bid his name for future Test captaincy of the Australian team. Discussions about who should lead Australia whenever the 35-year-old Paine retires are going on at the moment.
Earlier this week, Paine named Smith, Cummins, Travis Head, Alex Carey and Marnus Labuschagne among those who could take up the captaincy. Former skipper Michael Clarke has long been pushing for Cummins, the current vice-captain, to lead the national side.
Pat Cummins Happy To Contend For Future Test Captaincy
“It’s nice to hear, I don’t think it makes me want it more or less. I’m glad being a vice-captain underneath him that I get that nod. He’s brilliant,” Cummins was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“Like I’ve said a hundred times before, I kind of feel it’s not quite right talking about captaincy now when we’ve got someone like Painey and Finchy (limited-overs captain Aaron Finch) doing great jobs. We’ll see down the track, but at the moment it’s bit of a moot point,” he added.
“In the perfect world, your first experience of being captain – say, Australian captain, you’ve (already) had quite a bit of experience leading and you know exactly what it entails,” he said.
“But things don’t always work out as exactly as you planned,” added Cummins.
Pat Cummins Has Had A Prolific Last Year
In January 2020, Pat Cummins was named as the Test Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC). In the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a price of 15.5 crores. He became the most expensive overseas player in IPL auction history.
The 26-year-old Cummins, who has taken 143 wickets from 30 Tests since making his debut in 2011, is expected to top Cricket Australia’s contract list for 2020-21 whenever it is announced, underlying his importance in Justin Langer’s team.
The 26-year-old has become the most resilient member of the attack after an injury-plagued start to his career.