Earlier this month, Australian skipper Aaron Finch announced his retirement from 50-over format. All the players bid him farewell after playing the three match ODI series against New Zealand where, Kangaroos clean swept that series. After his retirement, Australian Cricket is in search of their new leader who can successfully lead them in upcoming 50 over World Cup.
There are lot of guessing going around by many Australian legend for the captaincy role and former Australian legend Ricky Ponting has come up with his choice. As per, Ponting, Pat Cummins is the right choice of ODI leadership. According to him, “To be honest, Pat Cummins will be my first choice for ODI captain.”
“I know they are very conscious of making sure that they’ve got Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, and Mitchell Starc a 100 percent fit and healthy for the big Test series to come around. But look, I’ll be surprised if it wasn’t Pat Cummins,” he added.
Senior players like Steve Smith and David Warner were banned from leadership group by Cricket Australia because of their involvement in Sandpaper Gate incident against South Africa in 2018. Although, ban from Smith has been uplifted and, Smith is currently the vice captain of Australian test team. But, it will be difficult for Australian selectors to name him captain once more. So, Pat Cummins is one of the top contender for ODI captaincy. His record as test captain is terrific. Australian bowler has captained his team in 9 test matches, in which Australia won 5 matches and lost 1 match. Three matches were drawn.
On speaking of Aaron Finch’s decision, Ponting said: “I wasn’t surprised. I felt he was probably one game away or one failure away from getting dropped anyway. That’s how bad his last 12 months have been in one-day international cricket.”
“I think it was the right time. I actually thought it was really noble, what he said as well, that stepping down when he did, it gives the next captain a reasonable time leading in to get themselves and his team ready for the next World Cup,” he added
Finch’s career was not going well in ODI last year. Finch played 146 ODIs, in which he hit 17 hundreds with an average of 38.89 during his career