Pat Cummins is ready to share Australia’s ODI captaincy with David Warner

Test skipper Pat Cummins is ready to take a turn as Australia’s one-day captain and is even willing to share the responsibilities with David Warner, the 29-year-old said on Sunday.

With Aaron Finch announcing his retirement from ODI last month, Australia must find a leader for the 50-overs squad with less than a year to go before the 2023 World Cup in India. Cummins acknowledged that multi-format players like him couldn’t play every game and saw it as logical to have a captaincy and split the role. “(It’s) something I would be open to,” Cummins said on the eve of the Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match between Australia and India. “Playing every single game is not realistic. It would be really seamless if you had a committee. “The style of almost everyone on the team is really similar. We have some great leaders on the team, we all get along great.”

Warner was slapped with a life ban from any leadership role for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal four years ago, but Cricket Australia has started the process to have it revoked. Cummins suggested the team would welcome the development. “There are a few barriers at the moment but if they were removed there would certainly be no concerns from players or coaches,” he said. “He would be great at it.” As Australia’s mainstay at batting, Warner’s form would be crucial to Australia’s defense of their home World Cup title.

Cummins said the resolute opener was a valuable member of the team. “He is a leader in our group. Always was, always will be.
“He’s someone on the test site that I lean on a lot. If things change I’m sure he would be someone you would absolutely want to reinforce if needed.” Contrasting Warner’s red-hot form, Finch’s losing streak has been a topic of conversation as the Australia captain has managed just 150 in his last 10 Twenty20 caps .

“He’s a scary proposition for any opponent,” Cummins said, throwing his weight behind the opener. “He has 3,000 international T20 runs under his belt and is still brave enough to take on the game. Big tournament for him, I’m sure.”

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