‘Respected’ Cummins primed for Australia captaincy: Gilchrist

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MELBOURNE, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Pat Cummins ought to have first shot at Australia’s take a look at captaincy within the wake of Tim Paine’s resignation, having received the respect of his crew mates as a pacesetter, former skipper Adam Gilchrist has mentioned.

Australia will identify a brand new captain within the leadup to the Ashes after Paine sensationally stepped down from the position final week over a ‘sexting’ scandal. learn extra

Wicketkeeper-batsman Gilchrist was a profitable understudy to captains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, main Australia in six of his 96 checks, together with a primary sequence win in India in 35 years in the course of the 2004 tour.

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“I think Pat Cummins is the frontrunner there. I’ve got no problems with him having first opportunity,” the 50-year-old advised Reuters.

“They should have him if he’s keen to do it — and he must be reasonably happy to take the role given he’s vice captain.”

Like different main cricket nations, Australia has been reluctant to nominate bowlers as captains, with most coming from the batting ranks.

Cummins can be solely the second specialist quick bowler within the position since Ray Lindwall led in a single take a look at in opposition to India within the mid-Nineteen Fifties. learn extra

“I see no reason to pigeonhole Pat as a fast bowler who can’t do it,” mentioned Gilchrist.

“I think he’s had a huge amount of respect from everyone, really — particularly from his team mates, so I think that’s the way they will lean.”

Steve Smith, who accomplished a two-year suspension from management roles final 12 months for his half within the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering scandal, is eligible for the captaincy and has voiced his hopes of taking it on once more.

However, pundits are divided as as to whether the general public can be able to embrace the batsman once more for a place sometimes called Australia’s “second highest office in the land” after the Prime Minister.

Gilchrist mentioned 28-year-old Cummins had stepped up as a senior chief whereas Smith was banned from management.

“I just think Pat Cummins has developed into a more integral part of that team and grown in his knowledge of the game and experiences he’s had,” he added.

“I think it’s a case of whilst you’re away someone else has come in over the top of you, to an extent.

“Steve Smith may very nicely take the captaincy once more however Pat Cummins would be the man they lean to now.”

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Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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