The Australian fast bowler Pat Commins to lead the New South Wales this time in one day cup 2021.
Cummins has played under six captains at international level and says he will be taking bits and pieces from all his previous skippers, as well as others he has gotten to know, as he looks to form his own identity in charge.
Not since he captained Penrith in the Under-16 Green Shield competition in the summer of 2008-09 has the right-arm had the (c) next to his name, save for a couple of intra-squad matches on last year’s white-ball tour of England?
Commins Says –
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|2010/11–present||New South Wales|
|2014–2015, 2020||Kolkata Knight Riders|
Australia has not had a bowler as Test captain since Richie Benaud in the 1960s, with Ray Lindwall the last fast bowler to serve as Australia’s Test captain, in a one-off Test against India in 1956.
The physical demands of fast bowling have often ruled out fast bowlers from captaincy contention, but Cummins believes quicks can in fact be skippers.
“I don’t think just because you’re automatically a bowler or a wicketkeeper rules you out of captaincy,” he said.
“No doubt there are a few more challenges about being a bowler but also it brings some opportunities.
“You hope that our skill is trying to get wickets as a bowler and that’s a lot of the time what you’re trying to do as a captain out in the field.
“Managing the workload, that’s something I’m going to have to see how it goes in these next few games and get a taste of it that way, but I’m not too sure about longer-form stuff.”