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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Cummins responds to captaincy talk


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Pat Cummins has labelled calls for him to captain Australia as "ridiculous", saying he has no desire for the top job despite his star continuing to shine.

Cummins has become Australia's No.1 player in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner in the past year, and provided a lone hand with both bat and ball in Australia's flogging at the hands of India in Melbourne.

Cummins' match figures of 9-99, coupled with his second-innings 63, prompted suggestions the sport's most marketable male player should one day lead the country.

"I think it's pretty ridiculous at the moment," Cummins said.

"We've obviously got (Tim Paine) at the moment who is doing a brilliant job and I think it's his for a long time now.

"I feel like I'm too busy in the game bowling and when I'm batting putting all my effort into that.

"And when I'm not doing it I'm usually off with the fairies trying to recover. So I don't think I would make a very good captain at the moment."

The issue of Australia's next captain will become an issue again soon enough.

Smith can't return to a leadership position again until the end of March 2020 following the sanctions stemming out of the ball-tampering saga, and there are questions over whether he will ever reclaim the role.

Even if he did, Paine is 34 and it's unclear how much longer he will play on.

Mitch Marsh has long been viewed a future Australian captain by some, however he is yet to cement his spot in the team despite officially being vice-captain with Josh Hazlewood.

Australia hasn't had a bowler as full-time Test captain since Richie Benaud in 1963, but Cummins said his own concerns with mixing the responsibilities didn't mean bowlers couldn't take on the role.

"I think someone like Josh Hazlewood at the moment has an enhanced role as vice- captain, he's always thinking about the game when he's out there fielding," Cummins said.

"When he's batting in the sheds he is always watching and thinking things through.

"Maybe it's different personalities, but I see no reason why a bowler can't be a captain."

Pat Cummins has labelled calls for him to captain Australia as "ridiculous", saying he has no desire for the top job despite his star continuing to shine.

Cummins has become Australia's No.1 player in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner in the past year, and provided a lone hand with both bat and ball in Australia's flogging at the hands of India in Melbourne.

Cummins' match figures of 9-99, coupled with his second-innings 63, prompted suggestions the sport's most marketable male player should one day lead the country.

"I think it's pretty ridiculous at the moment," Cummins said.

"We've obviously got (Tim Paine) at the moment who is doing a brilliant job and I think it's his for a long time now.

"I feel like I'm too busy in the game bowling and when I'm batting putting all my effort into that.

"And when I'm not doing it I'm usually off with the fairies trying to recover. So I don't think I would make a very good captain at the moment."

The issue of Australia's next captain will become an issue again soon enough.

Smith can't return to a leadership position again until the end of March 2020 following the sanctions stemming out of the ball-tampering saga, and there are questions over whether he will ever reclaim the role.

Even if he did, Paine is 34 and it's unclear how much longer he will play on.

Mitch Marsh has long been viewed a future Australian captain by some, however he is yet to cement his spot in the team despite officially being vice-captain with Josh Hazlewood.

Australia hasn't had a bowler as full-time Test captain since Richie Benaud in 1963, but Cummins said his own concerns with mixing the responsibilities didn't mean bowlers couldn't take on the role.

"I think someone like Josh Hazlewood at the moment has an enhanced role as vice- captain, he's always thinking about the game when he's out there fielding," Cummins said.

"When he's batting in the sheds he is always watching and thinking things through.

"Maybe it's different personalities, but I see no reason why a bowler can't be a captain."

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