Ricky Ponting backs Pat Cummins to succeed Finch as ODI captain
Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch recently announced his retirement from ODI cricket. The opening batter will still continue to lead the team in T20Is, with his immediate assignment being a three-match trip to India before helming the side in their title defence at next month’s T20 World Cup.
As Cricket Australia continues to mull several options before unveiling Finch’s successor, former captain Ricky Ponting has already expressed his take on the matter.
Ponting feels Cummins right choice to lead Australia in ODIs
Ricky Ponting backed ace pacer Pat Cummins to replace recently-retired Finch as Australia’s new ODI captain. He said:
“My gut feeling right now would probably say that Pat Cummins will take over the 50-over team.”
The Australian legend also added that Cricket Australia has some very big decisions to make in the coming weeks. While Cummins has emerged to be as one of the contenders to bag the top job, players like David Warner and Alex Carey are also being considered within the cricket board.
Notably, Cummins already leads Australia in the Test department. In his maiden assignment as a leader, the speedster led Australia to a 4-0 Ashes triumph at home early this year.
Moreover, the 29-year-old also led his side to a historic series win in Pakistan in March.