Pat Cummins has been named the 27th men’s one-day international captain of Australia.
The fast bowler, Australia’s Test captain, succeeds outgoing ODI captain Aaron Finch, who gave up the sport last month.
While Cummins will represent the international squad in the 50-over World Cup in India next year, Finch will continue to skipper Australia’s Twenty20 team.
The decision ends rumors that David Warner may be chosen for the position.
Warner’s lifetime leadership ban may be revoked if Cricket Australia (CA) succeeds in passing a revision to its integrity code that was presented last week.
Due to his involvement in the historic ball-tampering affair in South Africa, the 35-year-old was banned from playing top cricket for 12 months and holding leadership posts for life by the sport’s governing body in 2018.
However, given that Cummins said last week that his workload prevents him from playing in every ODI, a tweak to CA’s regulations may still enable Warner to captain the team in Cummins’ absence.
The Sydney-born Cummins acknowledged that replacing Finch would need him to “fill enormous shoes.”
Cummins states, “I have greatly loved playing under Finchy and have learned a tremendous lot from his leadership.”
We are fortunate to have a one-day squad with vast experience, but they are big shoes to fill.
The first of Cummins’ three-match series as the ODI captain will be against England on November 17.