After Aaron Finch’s retirement from ODI cricket, Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins expressed that it would be unrealistic to be the only Australian captain across all three formats. Cricket Australia officials have the next two months to select a new one-day international captain who will replace Finch.
Like the ODI leadership role, the captaincy of the Australian T20 team will soon rise, with Finch addressing last weekend that he could consider his future in that format. After Finch’s retirement from the format, Cummins mentioned David Warner's name and hopes that his lifetime leadership ban could be lifted.
"I think if you were going to do all the formats and every game, I don't think that's realistic," Cummins told the press at Kayo's cricket launch.
"Especially as a fast bowler, I think you do need to find windows to rest. But I think you can manage that as well. It's not something I have really thought about. I am really happy with captaining the Test side ... I don't think they need to rush into any decision," he added.
Cummins also has backed Warner for one of the leadership positions as he helped him during his early days as the Test captain. Cricket Australia chair Lachlan Henderson has also indicated he wants the board to discuss with Warner, who has been long been keen to talk with officials about lifting the ban.
"Obviously [Pat] is the key [on whether he wants to lead the ODI team], he is the Test captain and gets the first opportunity," Warner said.
"But any opportunity you get asked to captain, it's a privilege. For my circumstances, that's in Cricket Australia's hands. I can only concentrate on what I have to do, and that's using the bat and scoring as many runs as I can.
"My phone is here [if CA wants to talk]. At the end of the day what is done is done in the past. The good thing is there is a new board. I am always happy to sit down and have a chat and talk about whatever they need to talk about," he stated.