Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Wednesday revealed his pick among the current Australian team players who can lead the side in all three formats. The World Cup-winning skipper picked Pat Cummins as the perfect man to take charge of the Australian team across all formats.
Australia’s crushing defeat in their home turf at the hands of India has raised many questions over the leadership of Tim Paine. Australia lost back to back two Test series against India in 2018 and 2021, respectively.
Clarke opined that while Paine coped with mixed criticism, it is the right time to try out Pat Cummins as the next skipper.
“Just because Cummins isn’t out there saying I should be the next captain and I’m ready… it doesn’t mean he’s not a good leader. I’ve made it clear what I think about Pat Cummins. I think he’s shown he’s fit and strong enough to play all three formats now, he’s done that for the last few years. His captaincy I’ve watched tactically for New South Wales he’s been pretty good,” Michael Clarke told Big Sports Breakfast, as reported by Fox Sports.
The 39-year-old also stated that Cummins might lack the skills of a complete leader, but the presence of some experienced players like Steve Smith, David Warner, and Nathan Lyon will guide him through.
Clarke also alluded that wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey can be appointed as the deputy of Cummins, as he possesses decent leadership experience in domestic cricket.
“Yes he’s young and inexperienced as a leader but he’ll have good senior players around him so to me I do believe Pat Cummins is the right guy to take over the leadership in all three formats at the right time. Of course, he will need a good vice-captain. An example of that – if Tim Paine retires then someone like Alex Carey comes in, who has captained South Australia, captained the BBL, been vice-captain of Australia.
“I think he would make a very good vice-captain. You’ve got the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne. All these guys have got leadership experience as well. They can help Pat Cummins,” he added.
This development comes after Steve Smith expressed his desire to lead the Australian team if given a chance in the future. But later during the day, head coach Justin Langer dismissed those talks stating that the team does not need any new captains.