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Time is right for Cummins to be Australia captain, says Warne


Nov 21 (Reuters) – Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne mentioned the time is right for quick bowler Pat Cummins to succeed Tim Paine as captain of the check staff and blood Josh Inglis because the facet’s subsequent wicketkeeper.

Paine resigned on Friday after media revelations he had been investigated and cleared over sexually specific textual content messages despatched to a feminine former colleague 4 years in the past. learn extra

Vice captain Cummins, 28, has taken 164 wickets in 32 check for Australia since making his debut in 2011.

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“For me, the time is right to make Pat Cummins captain, something I thought even before the events of Friday unfolded,” Warne wrote in Australia’s The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.

“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 will get my vote. He’s received silky easy arms behind the stumps, he is a 360 diploma participant with the bat and coming off three firstclass lots of final season for Western Australia. He’s an important staff man who I noticed first hand on the London Spirit this 12 months. He’s 26. Get him in.”

Warne, who has previously criticised Paine’s captaincy, praised the 36-year-old’s leadership after he was appointed captain in place of Steve Smith in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.

“It was unhappy to see what occurred final Friday on so many ranges and the circumstances through which Tim was compelled to stand down. I actually really feel for him, what he is going by, and what his household is going by,” Warne added.

“I’m not judging him on this incident. Just as a result of Tim is within the public eye doesn’t suggest he will not make a mistake. Sportspersons are human, they’ve emotions. Let’s cease the judgement. It’s not our place to do this.”

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Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry

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