Former Australia goalkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist earmarked Pat Cummins to take over the captaincy of Tim Paine when the wicketkeeper hangs up his boots, which are likely to be after the home-as-series in December-January.
Pat Cummins, the current vice-captain, and Steve Smith, the former skipper, cannot take the position that would paine Paine at some point. Adam Gilchrist, for one, gives his voice to the sly pacer.
He stressed that Cummins has the respect of all the players and should be a good leader on and off the field.
“Pat Cummins is literally the type of leader who admires Australian cricket and recognizes and respects the players. I think he is the leader in the top position to take the position. “Whether it’s the first Test at the Gabba, the first Test of next summer or when the next Test cricket is after this summer, when Tim Paine does finish,” Adam Gilchrist told SEN.
“It’s inevitably approaching, the change of guard at the top, and I think Pat is the gentleman who has the highest position in the readiness to take over.”
I do not think Pat Cummins should be stabbed just because he’s a fast bowler
Adam Gilchrist, a former vice-captain and someone who led Australia to 4 Test victories, who was sometimes absent in the absence of the regular captain, argued that Cummins should not be removed from the captaincy just because he is a fast bowler.
‘For a certain individual, I do not think anyone should make a devil. For me personally, I don’t think I could have made a big fist if I were a full-time captain. I personally felt that it would have been a challenge to concentrate on everything and lead the team regularly.
‘But Tim Paine did it excellently, MS Dhoni was excellent, so was Andy Flower in Zimbabwe. There are a few instances when you are an exception, and that should be considered Pat Cummins. He is balanced enough, professional enough and skilled enough. “I do not think Pat should be thrown into the devil just because he is a fast bowler,” said the 49-year-old commentator.
The first Ashes Test is scheduled for Brisbane on December 8, followed by tests in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Cummins, the Test bowler number 1, will once again hold the key to Australia’s success in the Ashes, just like in the 2019 series in England, and then take 29 wickets.