Former pacer James Pattinson believes Pat Cummins possesses all of the necessary cricketing qualities to become Australia’s Test captain, adding that if given the chance, the fast bowler would be an “unbelievable” leader.
Australia is expected to pick a new Test captain before the Ashes, which begin on December 8, and Pat Cummins has the support of veteran cricketers, despite Australia’s history of naming bowlers as skippers. Cummins had served as Paine’s deputy for the previous few years.
“He’d (Cummins) be unbelievable. He’s got everything, got all the attributes of an Australian captain,” news.com.au cited James Pattinson as saying on Tuesday evening after the conclusion of a Sheffield Shield match.
“He’s a calm head that’s exactly what I think we need. He’s got everything. He’s got the attributes of an Australian captain. He’s got a calm head, he’s very smart and he’s got a good cricket brain. He’s got a lot of friends in that group. He’s just a great person,” added Pattinson.
While Australia hasn’t had a fast bowler captain in 65 years of Test cricket, Pattinson believes Cummins is the only one who has been a dominant force for the Kangaroos in the previous two years and has the qualifications to lead the team.
“I know it’s probably gone against the grain to have a fast bowler, but he’s the one guy who probably over the last two years has really dominated for Australia. Just the way he plays with passion and him as a person is someone you want as a leader as a group. He brings a team with him as well. You go out there with him and he sets the example he brings people with him.”
If picked to lead Australia, Cummins will become the first fast bowler to do so since Ray Lindwall, who captained the men’s squad for one Test in 1956.