Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has shared a piece of crucial advice for Australian captain Pat Cummins, who has struggled in the four-match Test series against India. The Cummins-led side has failed to win Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the third consecutive time after India registered comfortable wins in the first two Test matches of the series. 

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While Pat Cummins failed to lead his side from the front, he was also recently dethroned as the no. 1 Test bowler in Test cricket by veteran James Anderson. Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Ian Healy has opined that Cummins should not burden himself with captaincy responsibility for too long, instead he should continue as a bowler.

“I don’t want him carrying the burden of so much captaincy for too long. I want him to finish as just a bowler. The captaincy creates a burnout and four to five years is a long time as a captain. He has already done a few years as Test captain already, now he has also taken up ODI captaincy.

Healy further added, "He is also amid some family illness back home. I would like to see him finish his career as a tearaway fast bowler and someone else much take up the captaincy responsibility.”  Cummins averages 21.50 with the ball in Test, which is the best for any Australian to take over 200 wickets and a strike rate of 47.2.

Travis Head is a capable captain: Healy

The former Australian cricketer further pointed out that Travis Head is an able captain as he has led South Africa in his early days. “I think Travis Head can do the job. He has led South Africa since he was 21-year-old, he is quite capable, and he has got a lot of experience. He is the main one that stands out to me in the short format, but as far as longer-term captaincy prospects other than Head, I can't think of any,” Healy added.

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